BROKEN BOW—It was surprises all-around at Great Western Bank (GWB) in Broken Bow on Wednesday, August 19 as GWB Branch Manager Brianna Brown presented the GWB Gifts of Gratitude to Quilting Shack Owner Susie Walker. While Susie was surprised by the award, she was even more surprised when her sister, who flew in from California, made the trip for the occasion.
When the coronavirus pandemic impacted the local communities and created a shortage of masks, Susie and her staff stepped up to the plate and began making fabric surgical masks. In an interview with KCNI/KBBN in March, Susie said that there is a need for the masks everywhere.
“There are lots of places that are still in need of these. And so if there are people out there that are in need of them, if I can get sewers to make them I have it available. We can’t sew fast enough here but I know there are lots of people out there that could sew. I’m just asking for whatever help that we can get. It’s just a way of paying it forward,” Susie said.
The GWB Gifts of Gratitude were created to allow the public to nominate someone who has gone above and beyond in the community. Brown said during the presentations that over 600 nominations were received across the footprint of GWB. From those nominations, 140 were selected to become recipients of the Gifts of Gratitude, including Susie.
“Thank you for everything you have done to keep our community safe,” said GWB Branch Manager Brianna Brown
The gifts included a gift certificate for two free nights at The Lodge in South Dakota, gift cards for dinner, a spa day, and a number of other gift items that were given to Susie as part of the presentation.
“I can’t say enough. Thank you. I’m speechless,” said Susie. “I do this because I pay it forward and I always have. I do this because it’s a community effort and I always want to help and I will continue. This is what I do.”