North Brookfield Savings Bank Drive Benefits the Be Like Brit Foundation

Donation ceremonyNorth Brookfield Savings Bank is committed to excellence and the support of their local communities, which is exactly why the Bank decided to host their first-ever “Love Lives Here” Drive to benefit the Be Like Brit foundation. We are pleased to announce the fundraiser was a resounding success! In fact, because of the overwhelming support of local neighbors and community members, we were able to assist the foundation in carrying out their mission, which was inspired by their daughter, who was volunteering in Haiti when the deadly earthquake struck.

North Brookfield Savings Bank is proud to be a strong supporter of nonprofits and the talented and ambitious volunteers who run them. They believe that everybody, regardless of their financial circumstances, should have the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe and nurturing environment.

Throughout the entire month of March, North Brookfield Savings Bank collected “in need” supplies and monetary donations at all branch locations in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, and Three Rivers. 100% of donations collected will directly benefit The Be Like Brit Foundation headquartered in Worcester, MA. We were able to raise just under $500 in addition to hundreds of donations of “in-need” items. We even had a North Brookfield Savings Bank retiree make a large donation to the drive to kick things off.

 “North Brookfield Savings Bank is incredibly proud to host the “Love Lives Here” Collection Drive. We want to support Brit’s mission to serve the children of Haiti by establishing a safe, nurturing, and sustainable orphanage in an environment where they can grow, learn and thrive. Brit Lived her life by this mission” said Andrea Healy, First Senior Vice President, and Director of Human Resources.

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Be Like Brit is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the children of Haiti. Be Like Brit will continue the compassionate life and legacy of Britney Gengel by establishing a safe, nurturing and sustainable orphanage in an environment where children can grow, learn and thrive. In many ways, Britney Gengel from Rutland Massachusetts was a typical 19-year-old young woman, but her humor, passion and deep sense of caring for those less fortunate made her memorable to all who met her. It was her compassion for others that brought Britney to Haiti on January 11, 2010, just a day before a catastrophic earthquake claimed an estimated 230,000 lives and rocked the small, poverty-stricken country. Britney had spent the day visiting a Haitian orphanage where she and fellow students of Lynn University on a “Journey of Hope”, met the Haitian orphans they had traveled so far to help. Just a few hours later, Britney, three of her fellow students, and two Lynn University professors lost their lives in the rubble of the Hotel Montana in Port-Au-Prince. Britney was missing for 33 days before her remains were recovered. Fortunately, Britney’s dream did not die with her. Only hours before the earthquake, Britney sent a text message to her family that read: “They love us so much and everyone is so happy. They love what they have and they work so hard to get nowhere, yet they are all so appreciative. I want to move here and start an orphanage myself.” These forty words would sustain Britney’s family through the tragedy and, ultimately, serve as the driving force behind the establishment of the Be Like Brit Foundation and the decision to build an orphanage in Grand Goâve for the children of Haiti. Mission: To serve the children of Haiti by establishing a safe, nurturing and sustainable orphanage in an environment where they can grow, learn and thrive. Learn more at