Key Banks all over Western New York take part in "Make a Difference Day" by taking time off from work to help its communities. Westfield was one of the participating communities.
In light of National Nursing Home Week, Absolut Care Activities Director Hillary Pattison is honoring it with the Key Bank employees this year.
Pattison appreciates Key Bank personnel taking time out of their workday to come and lend a helping hand.
Photo by Jasmine Willis
Absolut Care in Westfield held its Good Neighbors Day with the Westfield branch Key Bank, playing Hawaiian Bingo in the activities room. One-time winner Mildred Timmerman with her two-time winner son-in-law John Mead enjoyed a nice family reunion.
"They are fabulous. The residents love it. It is so nice," she said. "They were here last year and we all had so much fun. They (Key Bank) are a good group of people and a good amount ( of residents) participate."
Lead Teller Linda Utegg looks forward to this every year.
"We get as much out of this enjoyment as the residents do. That is why we pick this one; it is a nice one to come back to," she said. "We have come here a couple of times, but we go to other places too. We planted flowers in the park, spent time at the library, and painted the Rec Center by the soccer field. It is always Westfield related."
Personal Banker Crystal Schrantz was really energized as she sat among a crowd of eager participants.
"This is a great turnout," she said. "This is a real game."
Bingo Winners included a whole family: John Mead ( first and last time bingo winner) is the son-in-law of Mildred Timmerman (one time bingo winner) who is the sister-in-law of Maggie Kelsey (one time bingo winner) and the last winner of the day was Joan Ulrich who tied with Mead for the last bingo game.
They were offered Key Bank supplies as prizes and sifted through the choices until finding the right one.
Schrantz added she has done this for 11 years now.
"It is rewarding and exciting. I hope to do this every year," she said. "I love it every year; this (Absolut Care) is my favorite. I love coming here."
Branch Manger Pam Yokom has spent 25 years at Key Bank and has loved every moment of working at the bank.
"I think it (Key Bank Day) is wonderful. We meet a lot of people in the community. We get out and see customers and friends," she said. "Everyone really supports our way of giving back to the community. I enjoy the staff - we are like a big family."