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Lakeland Bank Colleagues and Customers Participate in Annual Share-A-Gift Program

Lakeland Bank President & CEO Tom Shara presents gifts to Peter Thornton, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic. The gifts were collected by Lakeland Bank colleagues and customers as part of the Bank’s Annual Share-A-Gift program. Credits: Lakeland Bank

Starting November 29th all Lakeland Bank branch locations will continue the company’s Share-A-Gift annual tradition of partnering with local charities collecting gifts to support members of the community who need extra support and cheer during the holiday season. Each branch will select a special charity that is important to their community.

“The Share-A-Gift program has become a tradition for our colleagues and customers of all ages,” said Thomas J. Shara, president and CEO of Lakeland Bank. “It’s heartwarming to see how the community comes together to bring cheer to others coping with difficult situations.”

Colleagues will decorate Share-A-Gift trees with special ornaments that provide details about a gift recipient. Each ornament has a tag with information about a holiday wish for someone in need of some extra help this year. The recipient may be a young child, teenager, single parent, or an elderly citizen.

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Customers who would like to participate can take an ornament and return to the branch with a gift for the individual described on the ornament tag. Each Lakeland Bank office will collect the donated presents and then distribute the gifts through local charity organizations.

Last year, more than 1,400 gifts were collected at Lakeland Bank headquarters and branches for charities such as Urban Renewal Homeless Shelter, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Pass It Along, Knights of Columbus, St. Peter’s Orphanage, United Way, Salvation Army, DYFS, Angel’s Attic, Junior Women’s Club, Sussex Help Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic and Toys for Tots.

“Every year we see the level of generosity increase and we thank everyone for their contributions and support this year,” Shara added.


About Lakeland Bank

Lakeland Bancorp, the holding company for Lakeland Bank, has $3.3 billion in total assets with 52 offices spanning eight northern New Jersey counties: Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren. Lakeland Bank, headquartered in Oak Ridge, offers an extensive array of consumer and commercial products and services, including online and mobile banking, localized commercial lending teams, an expanded residential mortgage lending platform and 24-hour-or-less turnaround on consumer loan applications. For more information about the full line of products and services, visit

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