MADISON, Wis. (12/23/13)--Credit unions' spirit of "people helping people" is a constant throughout the year.
| U.S. Air Force troops deployed in Afghanistan will receive holiday cards thanks to Arrowhead CU. One employee--Jason Swolgaard--took the call to action to heart. He, his wife Giulia, and daughters Amelia, Caitlin and Alyssa came together with Giulia's first-grade students and family members to create 123 cards. The San Bernardino, Calif.-based credit union sent more than 300 cards to service members. (Arrowhead CU Photo)|
Sometimes, it is under bleak circumstances. In 2013, they helped their staff, members and community through natural disasters: Devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma and Illinois; floods in Colorado; and wildfires in Arizona and California. Budget struggles at the federal level resulted in sequestration being implemented and a government shutdown, prompting credit unions to employ programs to ease members' financial stress.
Around the holidays, though, that strong spirit is particularly bright. Creativity abounds to help those in need--ugly-sweater fundraisers were particularly popular this year.
Barrels and boxes were filled with thousands of toys and food items. Cash donations numbered in the thousands as well. Visits from Santa warmed hundreds of hearts.
From toys in a box to warm, fuzzy socks, credit unions brought cheer and fun to their communities. The slideshow is a very small representation of holiday cheer--credit union style.