OAK RIDGE, NJ - Lakeland Bank will kick off its annual Share-A-Gift program on November 29. All branch locations will partner with local charities to collect gifts for members of the community who need extra support and cheer during the holiday season.

“Lakeland Bank has a 45-year tradition of giving back to the communities it serves, and it is important to continue these efforts during the holidays,” said Thomas J. Shara, president and CEO of Lakeland Bank. “It’s heartwarming to see colleagues and customers come together to bring happiness to those coping with challenging situations.”

For many years, Lakeland Bank colleagues have been at the helm of the Bank’s charity drives, donating their time and contributing gifts to ensure that they are a success. This year is no exception. Share-A-Gift trees will be at each branch displaying special ornaments that provide details about a gift recipient. Each ornament tag has information about a holiday wish for someone who is in need this year. The recipient may be a young child, teenager, single parent, or an elderly citizen.

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Anyone wishing 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 the local charity organization.

Last year, Lakeland Bank colleagues and customers donated more than 1,570 gifts to charity. This year the Share A Gift program will benefit the following organizations:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic
  • Butler Methodist Church
  • Butler Health Department
  • Center for Family Resources, Ringwood
  • Holy Faith Lutheran Church, Oak Ridge
  • Hope House, Dover
  • Junior Women’s Assoc. of Somerset Hills
  • Junior Women’s Club of Jefferson
  • Knights of Columbus, No. Haledon
  • Little Falls Rescue Squad
  • NJ Battered Woman’s Shelter
  • Park Ridge Police PBA Toy Drive
  • Pass It Along, Sparta
  • Project Self Sufficiency, Newton
  • Salvation Army
  • Shelter Our Sisters, Hackensack
  • St. Anthony’s, Butler
  • St. Peter’s Orphanage, Boonton
  • Sussex Help Center, Sussex
  • Sussex & Warren Department of Children & Families
  • The Madison Eagle Christmas Fund, Madison
  • The Star of Hope Ministries in Paterson
  • Toys 4 Tots
  • United Way of Passaic County
  • Urban Renewal, Kearny

“Our colleagues and customers embrace the Share-A-Gift drive year after year and we thank everyone for their continued generosity,” Shara added. “We hope to help make the holiday season a bit brighter for local families.”

About Lakeland Bank

Lakeland Bancorp (NASDAQ: LBAI), the holding company for Lakeland Bank, has $3.5 billion in total assets with 51 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 LakelandBank.com.