First Bank and Trust Company's "Pack the Bus" Event Expands to 26 Locations in 2024

June 27, 2024

ABINGDON, Virg., Jun. 27, 2024 - First Bank and Trust Company is pleased to announce the expansion of its annual "Pack the Bus" event to 26 office locations this summer. The event, primarily focused in Southwest Virginia communities for the past seven years, will now benefit students and families across Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina.


"Pack the Bus" is a bank-driven initiative that originated from the efforts of a single employee in Fairlawn, Virginia. Generously supported by employees, customers, and the community each year, Pack The Bus is aimed at providing essential school supplies to students in need.


The East Bristol Branch brings in a Bristol City school bus to advertise the event

Recognizing the significant impact of this event year after year, First Bank and Trust Company has pledged to donate $2,500 to 26 school districts, totaling $65,000 to schools throughout the Bank’s footprint in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina at the time donated supplies are delivered at the conclusion of the event. “We are always looking for opportunities to support youth in our communities. As a local community bank, it is part of who we are, and we strive to be involved in and give back to our communities in any way that we can,” stated Mark Nelson, President & CEO of First Bank and Trust Company. 


Mark Nelson, President/CEO, Eric Moore, Chief Financial Officer, and Sophie Chafin-Vance, SVP/Chief Branch Operations Officer display the Pack the Bus donation check for $65,000


To participate, individuals can donate school supplies at any of the 26 participating First Bank and Trust Company locations. A list of needed school supplies for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year can be found on the event's official website: Pack the Bus | First Bank & Trust Company


East Abingdon Branch showing off their donation collection table


Donations will be accepted at First Bank and Trust locations from June 13th to July 31st, Monday through Friday. The generous contributions will help students start the school year with the necessary supplies for a successful academic journey.


Join us in making a difference and help support our students as they embark on a new school year. For more information and details about the Pack the Bus event, please visit Pack the Bus | First Bank & Trust Company



About First Bank and Trust Company 

First Bank and Trust Company, one of the top community banks in the United States, is a diversified financial services firm with office locations throughout southwest Virginia and the state’s Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valleys. First Bank and Trust Company also operates throughout northeast Tennessee and North Carolina. Financial solutions are addressed by offering free checking products for personal and business accounts, savings, money markets, and time deposit accounts. Lending solutions are managed by mortgage, agricultural, and commercial lending divisions. Comprehensive wealth management solutions are available through trust and brokerage service representatives.

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