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A First: CUs' Contributions To Kids' Hospitals Top $10M
SALT LAKE CITY (3/6/13)--Credit Unions for Kids, a collaborative effort in the credit union community that raises funds for local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, raised a record $10.2 million in 2012.

The milestone represented a $1.5 million increase over 2011 when America's credit unions generated $8.7 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. This effort solidified credit unions' third-place ranking among corporate partners supporting the charity.

"We are immensely proud of our partnership with America's credit unions and congratulate them on their record-breaking year," said John Lauck, president/CEO of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. "Their performance speaks volumes about the character of those in the movement.  Given the challenges facing the industry, credit unions could have cut back on their fundraising but instead they increased their giving in 2012 by over 15%."

The Credit Unions for Kids campaign, which drew the support of about 3,000 credit unions, was highlighted by the CO-OP Financial Services Miracle Match program; two leave behind projects during the national political conventions at children's hospitals in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C., and a sister project in Greenville, S.C.; Credit Union Miracle Day Inc. Family of Races; wine auction events in the Pacific Northwest and California; golf tournaments in Phoenix and Tampa; a statewide walk in Ohio; and Miracle Jeans Day.

The Credit Unions for Kids program was first launched in 1996 and since that time credit unions have raised $110 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

In 2013, credit unions will have three national campaigns to support their local children's hospital.  The Change A Child's Life coin drive, which kicked-off March 1 and concludes April 30, accept orders for kits through mid-April. The kits are free and can be ordered online. Use the link.
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