Submitted by Peoples Bank

Building on its 2018 Socktober campaign during which more than 7,000 pairs of socks were donated to non-profit organizations serving homeless communities in Washington, Peoples Bank has launched its 2019 campaign with a goal of donating 10,000 pairs of socks. Donations of new, unopened pairs of socks, as well as monetary contributions, will be accepted at all 23 Peoples Bank branch locations during the month of October. Peoples Bank will also donate socks on behalf of community members who complete a brief online form, available at

In early November, donated socks will be delivered to 22 non-profit organizations throughout Chelan/Douglas, Island, King, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties. The Bank’s Skagit County-area branches have selected Community Action of Skagit County, Skagit YMCA, Anacortes Family Center and The Friendship House as local non-profit recipients.

“Considering socks are the most requested clothing item at homeless organizations, ‘Share-a-Pair for Socktober,’ is a way for Peoples Bank to help our homeless neighbors and inspire others in the community to do the same,” said Andy Pohlman, Chief Retail Banking Officer at Peoples Bank. “Through donations made at our 23 branches and online participation, we are confident we will exceed last year’s donation of new socks and set a high bar for future programs.”

“A pair of socks is a small item to many, but for our clients it is an essential item that helps them stay warm during the winter,” said Yuliya Rybalka, Donor Development Manager at Community Action of Skagit County. “Donors should know that their donations are used during the most critical time of the year. We are always in need of functional socks for adults and children, and specifically wool and athletic socks. We are excited to be working with Peoples Bank on this creative campaign that bring comfort to people in need in our community.”

Peoples Bank was founded nearly 100 years ago in Lynden, Washington with a strong commitment to give back to the communities it serves. The Bank contributes financial support through grants and sponsorships, and its “Community Involvement Day” program offers eligible employees up to eight paid hours annually to volunteer their time, skills and knowledge to improve their communities.

A list of Peoples Bank branch locations accepting sock donations can be found at

About Peoples Bank

Peoples Bank is a locally owned and operated, independent full-service community bank with $1.9 billion in assets. Headquartered in Bellingham, Washington, the Bank was founded in 1921 and operates 23 branches located throughout Washington. Reflecting its strong financial management practices, dedicated employees and long-standing customer relationships, Peoples Bank was awarded a five-star superior rating from BauerFinancial, a leading independent bank rating firm, and was named a 2019 Best-In-State Bank by Forbes Magazine. Learn more about Peoples Bank at

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