Life is full of unexpected events. Some with uneasy changes and others with newborn blessings. At FirstBank we seek to provide a silver lining in tough times with an “Act of Goodness.” See how our FirstBank team set out to help a small family facing health complications with their newborn.

Meet Brandon and Kelsie Barnett

The Barnetts were welcoming an addition to their family when sudden health complications left them facing mounting stress and medical bills. After a premature birth, baby Rhett spent three weeks being cared for in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). After three agonizingly long weeks, Brandon and Kelsie were cleared to take baby Rhett home, but they faced the daunting task of paying for Rhett’s medical treatment.

As a way to support the Barnetts, Brandon’s brother and business partner, Darin, held a fundraiser by raffling off a set of tires from their shop, BK Tire in Frederick, Colorado.

The Surprise

When a third Barnett brother, Ryan, went into the branch with the fundraiser, the FirstBank team immediately wanted to help. Britney Pond, Greeley Branch Manager and Drew Esquivel, Vice President of the Northern Colorado Market, swiftly brainstormed numerous ways they could help the Barnetts. With the help of the bank, the team gifted Brandon and Kelsie with a $3,000 cash deposit to help with medical bills and a $500 gift card for groceries, household needs and newborn essentials.

With a 2-year-old and newborn in tow, the couple stopped by the branch for the surprise of a lifetime. The Barnetts were immensely grateful for FirstBank’s kindness and shared an emotional moment with the Greeley team.

“We look at our customers’ lives as a whole and try to be there for them on every level. We recognize NICU expenses are life changing so we wanted to help in any way we could,” said Drew.

A big thank you to the Northern Colorado team who saw a young family in-need and didn’t hesitate to help make a difference. To see more stories about how FirstBank spreads goodness throughout our community, visit

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