Riverview marks 30 years of ‘Gifts for Kids in Care’ tradition

Employees purchase presents for foster children

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Riverview Community Bank employees recently donated 400 gifts to foster children through the organization's "Shirley DuPaul -- Gifts for Kids in Care" program. Pictured above (left to right) are Riverview employees Jessica Douglas, Jennifer Konopasek and son Austyn Konopasek, and Gina Williams.

The employee-owners of Riverview Community Bank marked 30 years of tradition by donating nearly 400 gifts to foster children through the Bank’s “Shirley DuPaul — Gifts for Kids in Care” program.

Every year, the Department of Social and Health Services coordinates this program for foster children in Vancouver, Portland and Klickitat County.

The foster children were asked to make a “wishes and dreams” list. Riverview employees personally buy gifts for the children. The lists included everything from Barbie dolls to bicycles, but following a national trend, this year there were more requests for basics, such as jeans, sweatshirts, boots and socks.

Nearly 100 Riverview employees, including those from the Camas and Washougal bank branches, purchased 365 gifts for 130 foster children in hopes of making this Holiday season brighter.

The donations this year included more than 200 gifts to the gift bank for Clark County foster children just entering the system.

“I am proud of the generosity of our Riverview family but not surprised,” said Pat Sheaffer, Chairman and CEO. “Here at Riverview our employees give in many different ways year-round. We are a community bank and a community-minded business.”

The Gifts for Kids in Care program honors the memory of Shirley DuPaul who was the driving force behind the program at Riverview for the first 20 years.

Riverview Bancorp, Inc. is headquartered in Vancouver. With assets of $873 million, it is the parent company of the 88 year-old Riverview Community Bank, as well as Riverview Mortgage and Riverview Asset Management Corp. There are 17 branches, including 12 in the Portland-Vancouver area.