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    4th Annual Spirit of Giving Campaign Launched at Piscataqua Savings Bank

    November 13, 2008- Portsmouth, NH - Piscataqua Savings Bank in downtown Portsmouth has officially launched its annual "Spirit of Giving" campaign. For the fourth consecutive year the bank has provided drop boxes to collect donations for two important community service organizations: Families First Health and Support Center, and the Seacoast Family Food Pantry.

    According to Diane Giese of the Seacoast Family Food Pantry, "Needs this year are on the rise. We're already seeing a 30% increase over last year in requests for assistance. We really want people to know that we're here to help them through the tough times. Piscataqua Savings' helps us provide this crucial service to the community."

    Kathleen Donovan, Vice President and Trust Officer at the Bank, Chairs this holiday giving campaign. She applauds the members of the committee and the employees, customers, trustees, coporators and even non-customers who all participate in giving critical donations through the holiday season.

    Drop boxes for each organization are available inside the bank lobby on Pleasant Street in Portsmouth. You can help make this year a happier holiday for countless seacoast families by bringing your donations into Picataqua Savings Bank.

    Top Three Items on Families First Wish List:

    • Desperate for Diapers !!!
    • Baby Wipes
    • Winter Clothing

    Top Three Items on Seacoast Family Food Pantry's Wish List:

    • Non-perishable Protein: Canned Tuna or Chicken, Beef Stew, Peanut Butter, etc.
    • Personal Care Items: Toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, razors, deoderant, etc.
    • Canned Fruits

    Laura Keller of Families First said, "Piscataqua Savings is a true community bank, and they really understand our community. They've been fantastic to work and are huge supporters of the agency all year round."

    Kathy Donovan said, "We are so proud of our Spirit of Giving campaign. It grows stronger each year and there have been so many touching stories as a result. This is the kind of effort that reinforces our commitment to the community and makes us feel great about what we do here every day."

    Drop boxes are filled and delivered to the appropriate agency several times a week. Your donations are welcomed anytime during bank hours which are Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

    Piscataqua Savings Bank is dedicated to serving local individuals and families and has been a cornerstone of the Portsmouth community since 1877. More information is available at www.piscataqua.com.

    Contact:

    Kathy Donovan, Vice President/Trust Officer
    603.430.2958
    kdonovan@piscataqua.com

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