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MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth B. Eckel, Senior Vice President, Marketing
TELEPHONE: 401-348-1309
EMAIL: ebeckel@washtrust.com
DATE: January 10, 2012

Washington Trust Adopts Families for the Holidays

Bank Employees Provide Hundred of Gifts for RI and CT Families

Westerly, Rhode Island... Washington Trust helped brighten the holidays for nearly 40 families and hundreds of children in need in Rhode Island and Southeastern Connecticut. Bank employees “adopted” families through local nonprofit organizations and churches and purchased hundreds of gifts including: clothing, toys, games, and gift cards. Non-profit organizations provided Washington Trust with sizes, ages, and wish lists for local families in need and Bank employees donated “anonymously”.

“During these extremely difficult times, Washington Trust employees were extremely generous in helping to make the holiday season easier for many local families,” said Elizabeth B. Eckel, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Washington Trust.

“The Adopt-A-Family donation from The Washington Trust Company allowed Providence families to have a brighter holiday,” said Annmarie Sawyer of the YMCA of Greater Providence. “The YMCA works primarily with families who are struggling financially and don’t have any extra money for the holidays. The parents were absolutely thrilled that there would be presents under the tree for their children and so thankful for the generosity of the Washington Trust staff.”

Other organizations assisted by Washington Trust during the holiday season include:

  • Bradford Jonnycake Center (Westerly)
  • Children’s Friend and Service (Providence)
  • Comprehensive Community Action Program (Cranston)
  • Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County (Wakefield)
  • First Baptist Church (Richmond)
  • Mary D. Fund (Block Island)
  • North Kingstown Senior Center
  • Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center (Pawcatuck, CT)
  • Peace Dale Jonnycake Center (Peacedale)
  • Pleasant St. Baptist Church (Westerly)
  • Providence Intown Churches Association
  • RI Center Assisting those in Need (Charlestown)
  • Town of Charlestown-DCYF
  • Saint Francis Xavier (East Providence)
  • W.A.R.M. Shelter (Westerly)
  • West Bay Community Action (Warwick)
  • Wood River Health Services (Richmond)
  • YMCA of Greater Providence

The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., a $2.9 billion corporation headquartered in Westerly, Rhode Island. Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is the oldest community bank in the nation and is the largest independent bank headquartered in Rhode Island. A state-chartered bank, Washington Trust offers a full range of financial services, including business banking, personal banking, and wealth management and trust services through its offices located in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Corporation’s common stock trades on The NASDAQ Global Select® Stock Market under the symbol WASH. Web site address: www.washtrust.com.

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