First County Bank Foundation awarded $5,000 to the Emergency Assistance Program at Person-to-Person.

"It's incredibly important to reach out and help others in need," Katherine Harris, First County Bank president and chief operating officer and vice president of the foundation, said in a release. "We are pleased to `pay back' the local communities in which we do business by supporting organizations such as Person-to-Person."

Through the Emergency Assistance Program, P2P helps low-income individuals and families by providing food and clothing.

Executive Director Ceci Maher noted that when clients do not have to buy clothing or food, they are able to spend their earnings on other basic necessities. "But sometimes they still need additional assistance -- with rent payments, security deposits or utility bills -- and we provide that also."

Despite the improving economy, there are hundreds of people throughout Lower Fairfield County in need of assistance, the group said.

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"P2P is able to help thanks to the generosity of First County Bank Foundation and other corporate good citizens," Maher said. "And we are most grateful for their support."