Royal Bank manager Andrew Darby invites customers to send Christmas greetings to Canadian Armed Forces troops. (Photo credit Lorne Eckersley)

Royal Bank invites customers to send messages to Canadian troops overseas

Creston Royal Bank branch manager Andrew Darby invites customers to send greetings to Canadian Armed Forces members when they drop in to do their banking.

“It wasn’t my own idea,” he admits, standing in front of a display that includes blank Christmas cards and information about the program. “But someone brought it to me and I loved the idea of connecting our customers to Canadian troops around the world.”

The Creston branch of the Royal Bank is supplying the cards and looking after the delivery of messages to troops stationed in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo.

There is no charge for the service—just drop a few lines of support and good wishes and the bank will look after the rest.

“It seems like such a simple way to let these men and women who serve our country know that their efforts are appreciated,” Darby said last week.

One batch of mail was shipped last week, but the display will remain in place until December 22 and new messages will be sent off that day.

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