• Photo by Mary Richardson
    Community National Bank & Trust of Texas at PK employees present a check for $250 to help Ronda Gibson’s “Jackets Float, Kids Don’t” program. Left to right are Christina Naylor, Jay Naylor, Patty Reding, Ronda Gibson, Johnny Gibson, Kay Lynn Bridges, Amanda Boles and Terri Santifer.

PK bank makes donation to life jacket program

 

On May 25, the local branch of Community National  Bank & Trust of Texas at Possum Kingdom presented a check for $250 to help Ronda Gibson’s “Jackets Float, Kids Don’t” program. 

The “Jackets Float, Kids Don’t” program is based out of Possum Kingdom Lake. Gibson said the non-profit organization is working to provide every child that visits the beaches of PK with a life jacket.

CNB’s Branch Operations Manager Kay Lynn Bridges explained that she, Amanda Boles and Terri Santifer pay a fee to wear jeans on Fridays and that the proceeds go into a fund called “Casual for Charity.” 

“We are happy to be able to make this donation to help Ronda with this effort,” Bridges said. “It is so important for people to become aware of water safety and to protect their children when they are in the water.”

Gibson became involved with the effort to help keep children safe after a tragic drowning accident in 2013, and founded the non-profit organization “Jackets Float, Kids Don’t” to bring awareness to the issue of keeping kids safe, especially when they are near any body of water.

Gibson said there is still a need for volunteers, especially during holidays. If church groups, clubs or other organizations would like to help by handing out life jackets or help with a fundraiser; or, if someone simply wants to make a donation, call Gibson at 940-328-3007 or visit the Jackets Float, Kids Don’t  website at https://www.gofundme.com/uurjs3ak

When visiting the lake this summer keep in mind that it only takes a few minutes for a tragedy to occur. Whether boating, swimming or simply wading in the water, proper precautions should always be taken. If a child needs a jacket, go by the BRA hut and pick one up; it is free.

CNB also gave a check for the same amount to the founder of ‘Remembering Wyatt Dale Water Safety Awareness,’ Tracey Terasas, whose three-year-old grandson, Wyatt Dale Terasas, drowned a few years ago at Sandy Beach on Possum Kingdom Lake.

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