Image: Screen-gab from Island Savings video

They say it’s always better to give than to receive—and this idea rings particularly true when the gift is $1,000 worth of toys for Island children who may not otherwise have something waiting under the tree on Christmas Day.

Island Savings teamed up with the CFAX Santa’s Anonymous Society and local retailer Buddies Toys, the Island Savings division of First West Credit Union found a truly perfect way to test out their new DASHBAND™ payment technology this holiday season: asking local children to buy Christmas gifts for other local children with just a simple tap of their wrist.

“Giving to someone else really is the best gift of all,” says Bronwyn Dunbar, leader of Island Savings’ community investment program.

“And this pass-kindness-on mantra is the heart of Island Savings’ year-round community giving philosophy, especially during the holiday season when so many families and children across our Islands are in need.”

“CFAX’s annual Santa’s Anonymous toy drive does amazing work getting families across Greater Victoria involved in spreading the holiday spirit to children of all ages.”

Six children aged 2-9 were each given a DASHBAND™—a reloadable and wearable payment accessory that uses tap technology to pay instead of PIN numbers—and a mission to spend $1,000 on toys at the Oak Bay location of Buddies Toys for delivery to Santa’s Anonymous headquarters that same night.

The Best Gift of AllWe asked Island families to help us deliver a very special Christmas gift. Watch what happened! One viewer will win a pre-loaded Island Savings DASHBAND™. Comment or like for a chance to win!

Posted by Island Savings on Friday, December 11, 2015

“Nothing quite says happy holidays like the look of excitement on a kid’s face at Christmas—the children in this fantastic video are proof of that,” says Christine Hewitt, executive director of the Santa’s Anonymous Society.  “Our annual toy drive is only as successful as the efforts of our community partners and so we’re incredibly grateful for this generous donation from Island Savings.”

The video is posted on Island Saving Facebook page and Islanders who comment on the post will be entered into a draw for a DASHBAND™ loaded with $25 to spend anywhere tap payments are available.

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