First Federal Bank and First Insurance Group Fund $10,000 Worth of Pay it Forward Ideas

First Federal Bank and First Insurance1 Group Fund $10,000 Worth of Pay it Forward Ideas

Defiance, OH – First Federal Bank and First Insurance Group celebrate their fourth annual Pay it Forward Day by performing nearly 700 random acts of kindness and providing $10,000 in funding for crowd-sourced projects aimed to spread kindness to others.

“Pay it Forward Day is a treasured tradition for our organizations,” said Donald P. Hileman, President and CEO of First Federal Bank. “It gives our employees an opportunity to live out our ‘Better Together’ philosophy while empowering others in our community to do the same.”

A “Pay It Forward” is a random act of kindness that spurs others to continue the cycle of giving. After receiving over 200 submissions, First Federal Bank and First Insurance Group have selected a variety of projects to fund. A complete list of funded projects can be found at

“We were overwhelmed with the thoughtfulness of each submission. While all ideas were worthy, we recognized the unique impact that these projects could bring and are delighted to provide the opportunity for others to make a difference,” said Hileman. “As a community bank and agency, we will continue to find ways to make the places we live and work a little brighter with even the smallest acts of kindness.”

First Federal Bank will post updates to their Facebook page and website for the Pay it Forward ideas and how each of the funded projects is progressing.

The following projects will receive funding:

  • Community Transportation Network in Fort Wayne will Pay It Forward by providing free transportation to and from dialysis during the month of December for their riders currently covering that expense on their own.
  • Quincy of Fort Wayne will Pay It Forward by providing financial literacy classes to youth through LifeWay Bible Fellowship.
  • The Wauseon Library will Pay It Forward by providing the Noah's Ark Workshop to children attending literacy classes. The children will have the opportunity to create a stuffed character from one of the books to bring the story to life and encourage more reading.
  • Dawn will Pay It Forward by providing lap blankets to people living in local nursing homes in Defiance County. This grant will help Dawn continue the project her family began two years ago of delivering gifts during the holidays and visiting with her dog to brighten spirits with elderly residents.
  • Madaline will Pay It Forward by creating welcome baskets full of essentials and toys for families who stay in shelters at the Housing Help of Lenawee in Michigan.
  • Chris will Pay It Forward by helping Lima's Samaritan House purchase supplies to continue to provide over 15,000 meals per year to homeless women and children that reside at the shelter.
  • Kathy of Delphos, OH will Pay It Forward by purchasing lifelike dolls and pets for patients from nursing homes suffering with Dementia and Alzheimer's. This form of therapy has been proven beneficial and will help bring joy and comfort.
  • Austin will Pay It Forward by improving a physical therapy center to offer a free community fitness center to local senior citizens in the Arlington, OH area.
  • Dottie will Pay It Forward by purchasing school supply kits for low income Sylvania, OH school district residents.
  • Donielle will Pay It Forward by providing free baseball equipment to children to help defray the costs of playing in the Sox Youth Baseball Team in Toledo, OH.
  • Jennifer will Pay it Forward by purchasing supplies to expand Real Men READ-y program, a reading program that pairs male African American professionals with African American boys in grades K-1, in an effort to improve literacy and build relationships in Toledo, Ohio.
  • De'Angelo will pay it forward by purchasing a camera and printing services for the youth development program at the City of Refuges Ministries International in Adrian, MI.

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