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AVCUs contest winner rebuilding life after fire
WINDSOR, Vt. (3/21/11)--The Association of Vermont Credit Unions (AVCU) helped a woman and her husband rebuild their life after their home was destroyed by a fire brought on by a severe windstorm. AVCU named the couple the winners of the CU CheckCard Family Land “Winter” Fun Edition promotion.
Donna Limoges (right) has been a member of Covered Bridge CU in Windsor, Vt., for 15 years. She told Bryan Kent (center), vice president of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions (AVCU) that the credit union has “been there” for her so many times that she refers to CEO Linda Kidder (left) as the “George Bailey”--the main character in the film “It’s a Wonderful Life”--of Windsor. AVCU recently helped Limoges and her husband after a fire destroyed their home--by naming the couple the grand prize winner of an AVCU contest. (Photo provided by the Association of Vermont Credit Unions)
Donna Limoges has been a member of Covered Bridge CU in Windsor, Vt., for 15 years. She told Bryan Kent, vice president of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions (AVCU) that the credit union has “been there” for her so many times that she refers to CEO Linda Kidder as the “George Bailey”--the main character in the film “It’s a Wonderful Life”--of Windsor (Newslines Express March 18). A violent February windstorm caused a tree to crash through the roof of the Limoges’ Cornish, N.H., home. The falling tree then landed on their wood stove, starting a fire that quickly raged throughout the home, destroying it and virtually all of their possessions. Having no other alternative, her husband converted a large shed, which had escaped damage from the storm and fire, into living quarters where the couple has been living on limited resources ever since. When Kidder finally reached Limoges to inform her she’d won not only the prizes in the giveaway, but also $1,500 in cash, Limoges and her husband were overwhelmed, said AVCU. In addition to the cash, they now have a new 32-inch LCD TV, a surround-sound entertainment system with a Blu-Ray player, and a Wii game console, to fill the living room of their new home once they begin rebuilding this spring.


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