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Wishing Well

Everyday, people in our communities face challenges that go unseen. We’re surrounded by them and may not even know it. They may be our neighbors, our coworkers, or even our own family. So we asked ourselves, how can we help? And this is how the Choice Bank Wishing Well program was born.

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About the Wishing Well

Inspired by our #PeopleFirst philosophy, a group of Choice Bank team members came together in 2018 to present the Wishing Well concept as a way to better the places we live by giving to those most in need. Since then, we’ve granted dozens of wishes in our communities!

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Wishes Granted

We granted dozens of wishes in since this program launched in 2019. From a school library that needed more books, a group of ladies in need of more supplies to make prayer quilts for people who are sick and challenging situations, to Jody with muscular dystrophy who needed a new electric scooter to give her freedom of movement—no wish was too big or too small. Below are a few stories of wishes we’ve granted so far.

#PeopleFirst Wishing Well Stories

Back on the Road

Linda has dedicated her life to caring for children in her community; when her family fell upon hard times, it was her community’s turn to care for Linda.

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#PeopleFirst Wishing Well Stories

Caring for the Caregivers

Since COVID-19 hit, Eventide employees have been tirelessly working to serve the needs of the senior living residents under their care. Knowing this, Eventide established an Employee Support Fund to make sure their employees were taken care of too.

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#PeopleFirst Wishing Well Stories

Supporting Our Teachers

The 2020-2021 school year has been challenging for teachers, students and their families alike. With many “extras” for students coming directly out of teachers pockets, the Choice Wishing Well program granted two teachers wishes for their students to have a more memorable and engaging school year.

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#PeopleFirst Wishing Well Stories

Going the Distance

For the past year, Trent’s parents, Joseph Rohrich Jr. and Nita Rohrich, have been making the long trek from Dawson to Bismarck, ND three times a week to attend Joseph’s dialysis. It’s 100 miles round trip, a lot of time spent in the car, and the cost of gas adds up quick. Knowing this, Trent typed out a quick message and submitted his wish.

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Ready. Set. Let’s Go!

Last fall, Connie submitted a wish through Choice’s Wishing Well program for her daughter Jody Smedshammer. In her wish, she explained that having a mobility scooter would make it much easier for Jody to get around and be more independent. The catch? New mobility scooters can cost upwards of $2,000!

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#PeopleFirst Wishing Well Stories

Backpacks and Then Some!

For the past four years, Tiffany Retzlaff has diligently filled backpack after backpack full of school supplies for her backpack ministry on the south side of Chicago that serves students in need. For 2019 she wanted to challenge herself and set a goal to fill 75 backpacks by the time they were delivered in June.

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