Kathy Snider Helps Spread Christmas Cheer at Toy Shop of Duncan - People Helping People Series

Friday, December 22 at 02:00 PM
Category: People Helping People

Dec. 21, 2017 – Deshunta Hollis didn’t hesitate when asked what the word “community” means to her. 

“Community means to me that you stick together when times are good, and when they're bad,” Hollis said. “And you help others. 

“It's everybody being a family even though you're not real family. That's what community means to me.” 

In Duncan, few people epitomize that definition more than Kathy Snider. Snider has been co-chairman of The Toy Shop of Duncan since 1996. The Toy Shop of Duncan provides Christmas gifts and clothes to as many as 1,200 local children each year. 

“Christmas is very special to me,” Snider said, “and I want that special feeling of Christmas to be there for the children in our community.”   

Snider also happens to be the 27th person to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference. The idea came from the bank’s mission statement: “People helping people find financial solutions for life.” 

The MarCom Award-winning videos are available via Arvest’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and the Arvest Blog – and the bank will make related posts each time a new story appears. Additionally, Arvest social media followers can help spread the word about these inspiring community members by sharing, liking and retweeting the videos. Snider’s video will launch on Dec. 22. 

From New Year’s Day shopping sprees to year-round fundraisers to a furious December push to make sure its clients’ needs are met, Snider and fellow co-chair Connie Roebuck spend countless hours making The Toy Shop of Duncan a success. It’s an effort that’s as intensive as it is inspiring. 

All the work is worth it, though, when a family receives the assistance it needs. Roebuck said the looks on clients’ faces when they receive their gifts never gets old. 

“You’re heart just goes to thumping and you get goosebumps and tear up, you know?” Roebuck said. “It really makes you feel good. I think volunteering is one of the best things people can do.” 

Hollis, who came to The Toy Shop of Duncan because of financial strains she’s endured while completing nursing school, has three young children whose Christmas will be better thanks to the efforts of those like Snider and Roebuck. 

“I think that’s what community is about,” Snider said. “It’s people that just come together and share and love each other, and are willing to do for others.” 

About Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.


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