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CUs holiday giving focuses on childrens needs
MADISON, Wis. (12/17/09)--Many holiday giving activities at credit unions nationwide are focusing on helping children--from collecting warm winter clothing and toys to gathering cash donations. Some examples are:
* Associated School Employees CU, Youngstown, Ohio, donated 350 hats, scarves and gloves to the Head Start Program at Trumbull Community Action Program. Santa Claus presented the winter gear and cookies to each preschooler in the program. Head Start provides services to children with special needs.
Click to view larger image Associated School Employees CU, Youngstown, Ohio, donated winter gear to preschoolers at a local head start program. Santa Claus distributed the winter gear and cookies to the children. (Photo provided by Associated School Employees CU)
Click to view larger image Connecticut credit unions presented a check to the U.S. Marines for its Toys for Tots program. The credit unions raised $1,380 for Toys for Tots. From left: Corporal Ryan Roberts, U.S. Marines; Doreen Roy, president, Moran/Nixon Chapter, vice president human resources and public relations, Northwest Hills CU, Torrington, CT; Jim Howard, president, New Haven Chapter, branch manager, New Haven County CU, North Haven, CT; Betty Maurer, president, Hartford Chapter, president & CEO, Workers FCU, Stafford Springs, CT; Lance Corporal Alex Stock, U.S. Marines. (Photo provided by the Credit Union League of Connecticut)
* Connecticut credit unions raised $1,380 for the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots program. More than 135 credit union representatives and their guests also provided 300 unwrapped gifts and toys for the program. * The Kansas City Chapter of Credit Unions also donated to Toys for Tots (The Missouri Difference Dec. 4). * The Delaware County Chapter of Credit Unions in Pennsylvania donated $1,200 to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, and collected for Toys for Tots (Life is a Highway Dec. 3). Meadville (Pa.) Area FCU also is collecting toys for the Salvation Army. * Capital CU, Kimberly, Wis., is sponsoring giving trees in which members take a tag from the tree and buy the item listed for a needy child or family. The credit union also is donating the proceeds from its holiday money gift envelopes and is accepting cash donations. * Erie (Pa.) General Electric FCU sponsored a tree for a local festival. The tree’s theme, a spin-off of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” was “How EGEFCU Gives Back at Christmas.” The credit union also filled a sleigh with presents and decorated a tree with toys. The toys will be given to children at the St. Martin Center in Erie (Life is a Highway Dec. 8). * Security Service FCU, San Antonio, Texas, employees filled more than 100 stockings with toys and other items for ChildSafe, which provides services for child and adolescent victims of sexual abuse. * US FCU, Burnsville, Minn., donated 100 mittens and hats to the local Community Action Council’s Armful of Love program. The program has identified 1,300 needy families and will provide them with gifts and a meal. * Staff of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) volunteered at a Coats for Kids telethon on Dec. 11. PCUA provided credit card machines, processed all payments and paid the interchange fee so 100% of contributions went to the Salvation Army (Life is a Highway Dec. 14). The telethon raised $232,119. * Rome, N.Y.-based AmeriCu’s five branches are offering several holiday activities, including Toys for Tots drives, a Salvation Army kettle drive and mitten challenge. The Herkimer branch also offered a “stuff the bus” promotion to gather toy donations Dec. 11.
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