First United Bank & Trust, in partnership with the Maryland Bankers Association’s Emerging Leaders Program, will be conducting a FLEECE BLANKET DRIVE beginning now through March 31. All donations will go to the non-profit, London’s Legacy. Their mission is to provide handmade fleece blankets to families with children in the pediatric ICU at The University of Maryland Medical Center. These fleece blankets will be given to children both boys and girls up to the age of 18.
London’s Legacy began shortly after the sudden death of two-month-old London Brielle Huber despite the efforts of the talented staff in The University of Maryland Medical Center’s pediatric ICU. While in the hospital, London’s mother, Amy, comforted London by wrapping her in a fleece blanket she had received as a gift. Following London’s death, the blanket helped Amy during her grieving process. Sadly, Amy passed away less than a year later. Before she died, however, she created London’s Legacy to help other families facing dire situations similar to her own.
“Being engaged in my community continues to become a bigger part of my life as I grow older. I try to help others in need whether it is through a non-profit organization, helping a friend with a home project, or stopping to help someone change a flat tire. Giving back and helping others provides me with a feeling of value. Stepping up in a time of need is part is an integral part of leadership both in and out of the workplace,” commented A.J. Tasker, Vice President and Director of Information Technology.
“It has been an honor to be selected to represent First United in this Leadership program. The bond that we have been able to create with the other members of the cohort has been greatly deepened by our working together on our Pay it Forward project for London’s Legacy. The giving nature of banking community in Maryland is certainly something special!”, commented Ashley D. Goldsborough, Wealth Advisor.
All First United community branch locations will be collecting completed fleece blankets, fleece blanket materials to make the blankets and monetary donations though March 31. Thank you for joining us to make a difference in our communities!