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CU sweetens up community with chocolate bar proceeds
WACO, Texas (6/11/14)--First Central CU, Waco, Texas, with $61 million in assets, has a sweet deal going for the community it serves--the proceeds from the chocolate bars it sells at its branches are all finding their way back into town ( Brownwood Bulletin June 10).

Recently, the credit union used part of its chocolate sales to award two local elementary students with bicycles for achieving perfect attendance at school this year.

First Central granted the new bicycles through a partnership with Waco I.S.D. Bells Hill Elementary School, which rewards one boy and one girl with perfect attendance a brand-new set of wheels twice a year.

Any elementary student with perfect attendance is eligible for the prize, according to Brownwood Bulletin.

The credit union also funded part of the elementary school's field day festivities with the candy money, providing drinks, snacks and popsicles.

Also, First Central uses the chocolate cash to help fund Books 4 Kids, a program that guarantees that every second-grader in Brown County receives a book at Christmastime.

Finally, after hearing the story of an 8-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in McLennan County, the credit union used part of its chocolate-bar sales money to help pay for his family's expenses, such as for gas money for the boy's mother to drive him to doctor's appointments, and to recoup money lost from her missing work.


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