The National Banks of Central Texas keeps itself in the public eye with various community service projects. The company recently hosted a Shred It Day event with Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful and donated $4,000 to the Cove House Free Clinic earlier this month.

Nicole Vess, bank representative, heads up the worthwhile efforts.

“We are a community bank. So in order to grow and flourish as a community, we need to stick together and take care of each other,” Vess said. “We all are not rich. But if everybody does a little bit, that would go a long way. If something happens to you, where else do you turn?”

The National Banks along with the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce held a Rainbow Room Collection Drive this week to support the needs of children under Coryell County’s Child Protective Services.

Items for children ages 12 months to 11 years are being accepted at National Banks of Central Texas locations through today. The Rainbow Room is an emergency resource center created to aid CPS case workers in fulfilling the needs of abused and neglected children.

Julie Moody of the Department of Family and Protective Services said 282 confirmed cases of child abuse and/or neglect were reported in Coryell County so far this year as compared to 214 cases in 2012.

“About 74 percent of all child abuse and neglect cases in Coryell County is neglectful supervision which means that parents are placing their children in situations that could result in bodily injury or substantial risk of immediate harm,” Moody said.

She said at any given time, more than 100 children were in foster care in Coryell County this year with 89 children physically removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect.

As of Wednesday, the National Banks amassed two large bags and a box full of teddy bears, shoes, diapers, and clothes and collected several cash donations for Rainbow Room.

“Unfortunately, it is the little kids who are the innocent victims, and it’s certainly not their fault that they have to be taken out of their homes,” Vess said. “When they’re taken out of the homes, they literally leave with nothing. So, we want them to have at least two outfits to wear and a teddy bear, and hopefully we can put smiles on their faces.”

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