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Better Banks Sponsors Cuddles with Kindness Drive for OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois

Better Banks is pleased to once again sponsor the 2022 Cuddles with Kindness Valentine’s Day Teddy Bear Drive and serve as a drop off location. Cuddles with Kindness was founded by Taylor Larson after she spent two weeks in the Children’s Hospital of Illinois as a child. Now in its 13th year, Cuddles with Kindness continues to provide stuffed animals to kids while patients at OSF Children’s Hospital.

This Valentine’s Day Drive is their largest drive of the year and they hope to collect thousands of stuffed animals for the children visiting the hospital throughout the year. "Better Banks is happy to support such a wonderful cause and assist as a drop off location at all of our branch locations again this year," said Mike Stratton, President of Better Banks.

Better Banks strives to support local organizations which focus on community, education and youth. We contribute to the communities we serve through our time, talents and contributions and believe it is our responsibility to give back to the communities that trust us with their financial well-being.

You can stop by any of our branch locations to drop off new(with tags)stuffed animals by the deadline of February 4th.

About Cuddles with Kindness
Cuddles with Kindness is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing comfort to kids in need. Their mission is to provide cuddly stuffed animals to children undergoing rough times. Cuddles with Kindness hopes to educate others on how easy it is to spread kindness no matter your age. They have proudly served approximately 5,000 children in Central Illinois. To learn more about their mission, visit