HOOKSETT – With cold weather moving in and the holidays approaching, sister banks, Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) and Merrimack County Savings Bank (the Merrimack), will collect mittens, hats, gloves and scarves for their annual Mitten Tree drives.

A donation of $2 for every item collected through Monday, Dec. 31, will be awarded to the NH Food Bank and is earmarked for the communities served by the banks.

New handmade or store-bought mittens, hats, gloves and scarves can be dropped off at MVSB and the Merrimack through Dec. 31.

Nonprofits who are in need of mittens, hats, gloves and scarves should contact the bank office closest to them. Complete lists of offices and hours are available at mvsb.com and at themerrimack.com.

“The Mitten Tree is an annual tradition we’ve proudly hosted since 1979,” said Rick Wyman, president of MVSB. “It’s a simple way for community members to get in the spirit of the holidays, while aiding those in need of food and warm winter wear this time of year.”

“The Mitten Tree is a wonderful community program,” said Linda Lorden, president of the Merrimack. “We’re proud to contribute to the New Hampshire Food Bank, who help in the feeding and educating of tens of thousands about food insecurity and hunger.”

Meredith Village Savings Bank and Merrimack County Savings Bank are mutual community banks without private owners or stockholders.

They have remained steadfast in fostering the economic health and well-being of the community for more than 150 years and share in the values that guide all of their actions: accountability, mutuality, excellence, respect, integrity, teamwork and stewardship.

The Merrimack has been serving the people, businesses, nonprofits and municipalities of Central and Southern New Hampshire since 1867.

For more information, visit any of the local branch offices located in Bow, Concord, Contoocook, Hooksett or Nashua, call 800-541-0006 or visit themerrimack.com.

MVSB has been serving the people, businesses, nonprofits and municipalities of the Lakes Region and Central New Hampshire since 1869.

To learn more, visit any of the local branch offices located in Alton, Ashland, Center Harbor, Gilford, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth or Wolfeboro, call 800-922-6872 or visit mvsb.com.