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CUs boost holiday spirit in tough times
MADISON, Wis. (12/26/08)--On Monday, the Kyle family and the O’Hearn family, all members of Dort FCU in Flint, Mich., were taken by
Citadel FCU, Thorndale, Pa., provided the Chester County United Way with a check for $50,000 to help families during the holidays. (Photo provided by Citadel FCU)
Kansas City (Mo.) CU brought Santa Claus to the credit union to visit the young members. The credit union hosted a holiday party Dec. 6, where youth could get pictures taken with Santa. (Photo provided by the Missouri Credit Union Association)
limousine to see what the credit union had given them for Christmas. Kara O’Hearn told WJRT-TV that she was “speechless” when she realized that the credit union was giving each family a new home--with the mortgage paid. Dort FCU provided the families with the homes, which a local contractor remodeled. The Kyles’ home is in Davison Township, while the O’Hearns will reside in Flint. The credit union chose the families from a pool of 100 applicants. In addition to receiving the home, both families must pay property taxes, household bills and attend homeowners counseling, the station said. Like Dort FCU, credit unions nationwide are helping their members and communities weather tough economic times by providing them with help during the holidays. Here are a few examples:
* LGE Community CU, Marietta, Ga. employees raised $35,097 with a matching donation from the credit union to help needy families; * Beaver Valley FCU, Beaver Falls, Pa., adopted a family. Employees and directors donated money to buy gifts for the family, and filled two large bins with food and paper goods (Life is a Highway Dec. 23); * GHS FCU, Binghamton, N.Y., collected children’s winter clothing and personal care items; * Health Care Family CU, Richmond Heights, Mo., decided to forego its annual Christmas party at a restaurant and donate the money to help build a specially adapted home for Specialist Scott West through the Missouri Homes For Our Troops Program (The Missouri difference Dec. 10); * Kent (Ohio) CU provided new shoes for 230 disadvantaged Portage County children in partnership with the Salvation Army; * Belco Community CU, Harrisburg, Pa., collected 6,200 bears and stuffed animals that will be distributed to families and children in need; * A-K Valley FCU, Lower Burrell, Pa., donated $3,000 to help families purchase food and gifts for the holiday season; * The Pittsburgh Chapter of Credit Unions raised $1,800 for Children’s Miracle Network at its annual Christmas party; * Redwood CU, Santa Rosa, Calif., is sponsoring holiday food and toy donation programs at all of its Bay Area branch locations; * Altura CU, Riverside, Calif., held a food drive at all of its branches; * Northeast CU, Portsmouth, N.H., gave $4,550 to the New Hampshire Food Bank. The check total was based on donating $25 for every employee, volunteer and board member; * Lakeview FCU, Ashtabula, Ohio, donated $5,000 to a local food bank; * Community Trust CU, Gurnee, Ill., donated $1,000 to the toy fund for the annual George Watson Memorial Rotary Children’s Christmas party; *Andrews FCU, Suitland, Md., provided $3,000 in gift cards to service members and their families at the Andrews AFG Fisher House. The house is a place for families and patients to live while receiving medical treatment at the Malcolm Grow Medical Center; * The St. Louis Chapter of Credit Unions coordinated the Warners’ Warm-Up effort to provide winter coats to low-income residents. The credit unions collected more than $2,000 in donations (The Missouri difference Dec. 3); * The Texas Credit Union League is offering its Adopt-a-Family program to help needy families. The league posted profiles of credit union families who need adopting on its website (LoneStar Leaguer Nov. 21); * The Credit Union Mortgage Alliance (CUMAnet) donated to Homes For Our Troops instead of sending cookies, candy and other gifts; * IC FCU, Indiana, Pa., sold its IC Cookbook with employees’ recipes to raise money for local families. All proceeds benefited Ginny’s Helping Hand, which helps low-income families; and * Heartland CU, Madison, Wis., in partnership with NBC 15 and Second Harvest Food Bank, will provide 131,300 meals to needy residents because of fundraising efforts at Madison-area credit unions.
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