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Wells Fargo Bank donates a large stuffed pony named “Mack” to the East Bliss Child Development Center March 14. Tania Galvan-Jimenez, center right, Wells Fargo Bank representative, and her husband 1st Lt. Efrain Jimenez, 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, deliver the pony to the children at the CDC. Elvia R. Walker, center left, director of the Child Development Center, accepts the donation. (Photos by Sgt. Ida Irby, 24th Press Camp Headquarters)

FORT BLISS, Texas -Wells Fargo Bank representative Tania Galvan-Jimenez donated one of their signature four-foot toy ponies to the East Bliss Child Development Center March 14.

The bank donates horses to celebrate the horse’s historic contributions to Wells Fargo in the community. This horse is named Mack.

“Wells Fargo has donated plush ponies to all the CDC’s on Fort Bliss,” said Galvan-Jimenez.

According to Galvan-Jimenez, in 1860, a Wells Fargo six-horse stagecoach delivered packages. In honor of a real horse that made up the original horse team, Mack is celebrated this year as part of the year-long celebration of 160 years of Wells Fargo community service.

“Oh it’s so beautiful; give [Mack] a hug,” said Elvia R. Walker, director of the CDC, to the pre-kindergarten age children who took turns mounting the pony for a test ride.

Wells Fargo has created 11 limited-edition ponies, each named after a historic delivery horse to commemorate their unique service. Designed in honor of a former delivery horse, Mack has a rich tradition of service. Horses like Mack helped banks to deliver money and goods to customers a century ago.

“Giddy-up, giddy-up,” the children yelled in unison as they played with the chestnut horse with white ankles and a brown bridle.

Strategically placed in the center’s lobby, children as young as six weeks old can play with the over-sized plush pony.

“The children will really enjoy the pony,” said Walker. “I would like for them to take turns taking [Mack] home as they do with other pets in the school.”

To donate supplies or toys to the CDC contact Pat Smith, Child and Youth School Services, at 568-5709.


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Date Taken:03.14.2013

Date Posted:03.21.2013 11:44

Location:EL PASO, TX, USGlobe

Hometown:EL PASO, TX, US

Hometown:LAS CRUCES, NM, US

Hometown:WHITE SANDS, NM, US

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