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Fundraising ‘Critters’ Back In Aroostook County

Fundraising ‘Critters’ Back In Aroostook County
We’re pleased that Katahdin Trust Company can again support these efforts through our Cute, Cuddly Critter Campaign.

January in the County means cold, snow, and … Critters.

Katahdin Trust Company is continuing its long-standing tradition of raising money for the American Red Cross through sales of the popular stuffed animals known as Critters.

The Critters, ranging from an adorable puppy to a cuddly penguin, help the Red Cross provide emergency shelter, food, clothing, infant supplies, medical equipment, and recovery resources to those who experience a fire, flood or other disaster. 

Red Cross services are provided at no cost to the disaster victims and are funded by generous donations from individuals, businesses, organizations and fundraisers such as Critters. 

“Critter sales help us respond to a wide range of disasters,” Joyce Knorr, Aroostook County Branch Manager of the Red Cross. “It might be helping a family who lost their home in a fire or opening a shelter after an ice storm knocks out power.”

This marks the 14th year that Katahdin Trust Company has sold the Critters in its 14 branches throughout northern Maine.  Critters available through February 14, or while supplies last, for a $10 donation include:

  • Sweet Pablo Puppy
  • Sweet Lainey Lab
  • Sweet Fletcher Frog
  • Bubble Gum Bunny
  • Camden Moose
  • Oliver Bear w/scarf
  • Oliver Bear w/red ribbon
  • Silly Slickers Monkey
  • Silly Slickers Penguin
  •  “A disaster can strike anyone, at any time, and we’re grateful to have the Red Cross in our community,” said Vicki Smith, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications at Katahdin Trust Company.  “We’re pleased that Katahdin Trust Company can again support these efforts through our Cute, Cuddly Critter Campaign. Our staff and customers have fun collecting the Critters, and are especially pleased that the money goes to a very good cause.” 

    Katahdin Trust Company, established in 1918 with nearly $625 million in assets, provides banking services to individuals and businesses from eighteen offices throughout Maine, and  online at,  Katahdin Trust Company has been recognized as one of the Top 200 Community Banks in the country for the 7th consecutive year by American Banker magazine.   Stock is quoted on the OTC Markets quote board OTCQB under the symbol KTHN. Current stock information can be found at

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.


    PICTURED: Joyce Knorr, Aroostook County Branch Manager of American Red Cross- Pine Tree Chapter;  Yancy LaPointe, retail services assistant; Shelly McHatten, B.S.A. assistant; Karie Quirino, head teller; Julie Chamberlain, bank teller; Peggy Smith, Caribou Branch Manager for Katahdin Trust Company.

    Photo courtesy Natalie De La Garza, for Aroostook Republican & News