CDC welcomes Mack, legendary Wells Fargo pony

24th Press Camp Headquarters
Story by Sgt. Ida Irby

Date: 03.14.2013
Posted: 03.21.2013 11:44
News ID: 103872
CDC welcomes Mack, legendary Wells Fargo pony

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.<br /> <br /> The bank donates horses to celebrate the horse’s historic contributions to Wells Fargo in the community. This horse is named Mack.<br /> <br /> “Wells Fargo has donated plush ponies to all the CDC’s on Fort Bliss,” said Galvan-Jimenez.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> “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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> “Giddy-up, giddy-up,” the children yelled in unison as they played with the chestnut horse with white ankles and a brown bridle.<br /> <br /> Strategically placed in the center’s lobby, children as young as six weeks old can play with the over-sized plush pony.<br /> <br /> “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.”<br /> <br /> To donate supplies or toys to the CDC contact Pat Smith, Child and Youth School Services, at 568-5709.