Putnam Christian Outreach

Pictured left to right: Judy Fain, board chair for PCO; Vanessa Jackson, executive director for PCO; David Cowles, BankSouth’s chief operating officer; Lynda Farley, Store Mana. 

EATONTON, Ga. — In late 2020, BankSouth and its board of directors approached Putnam Christian Outreach Inc. (PCOI) to partner in making a difference in their community. It’s a mission that both PCOI and BankSouth passionately share. BankSouth and its board of directors committed to a matching gift donation of up to $2,500 to help the families served by Putnam Christian Outreach Inc. That commitment became a reality and as the year came to an end, that generous goal was met. Excitement spread through the local community, people gave generously to support PCOI’s many services, the BankSouth match was made, and ultimately many lives were transformed. 

“2020 was a difficult year, no doubt,” said PCOI Executive Director Vanessa Jackson. “PCOI services greatly impact the local community, and that was made more evident than ever this year. COVID-19 and its effects were deep and widespread in our local community – especially the issue of hunger. Every dollar given has made a tremendous and vital impact to many local men, women and children’s lives. We can’t thank BankSouth, its Board of Directors, and the local community enough for their commitment, generosity and kindness.” 

Donations are being used to purchase food items for the Backpack Ministry, which provides meals and snacks to young children for the weekends when food is not easily available to them. Donations are also used to provide medical and utility assistance to those who qualify for aid. Through the generosity of BankSouth and the community, PCOI is able to better serve our community with Caring Hands and Loving Hearts. 

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