MADISON, Wis. (12/3/09)--Credit unions are focusing some of their holiday outreach efforts to help members of the armed forces. The efforts range from providing ways for families to keep in touch with their loved ones overseas to helping those affected by the recent shootings at Fort Hood in Texas. Aberdeen Proving Ground FCU, Aberdeen, Md., collected more than 500 wireless phones, chargers and accessories for Cell Phones for Soldiers. The items will be recycled into 22,000 minutes of prepaid calling cards and given to U.S. soldiers overseas. The donated phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each phone. Andrews FCU, Suitland, Md., donated $1,000 to the Association of U.S. Army Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter’s Community Response Fund to help soldiers and families affected by the recent shootings at Fort Hood (Focus Newsletter Nov. 30). The credit union also is sponsoring several military holiday greeting spots airing on various networks in the Washington, D.C., area. Greetings from deployed service members will air during commercial segments of “Regis,” “The View,” “Good Morning America,” and during ABC 7 and News Channel 8 local news segments. Viewers can watch the holiday greetings Dec. 7-Dec. 20. “The holidays are a difficult time for families to be apart,” said Chris McDonald, Andrews Federal president/CEO. “As we gather with our families this holiday season, Andrews Federal wants everyone to keep service members in mind as they serve our country and protect our freedoms.” Ent FCU, Colorado Springs, Colo., will host taping sessions for military families on Dec. 15 through the nationwide Operation Best Wishes program, sponsored by Western Corporate FCU in San Dimas, Calif. (States News Service Dec. 1). Family members and loved ones of military members stationed overseas can send a live, free video-based Web cast to soldiers overseas. Each participant has 10 minutes to record a greeting. Military members can log in at their location and view the live message or watch it later. Louviers FCU, Newark, Del., is collecting greeting cards and other items for stocking stuffers that will be shipped to members serving in Iraq and Afghanistan (Together Nov. 30). The credit union hopes to ship at least 6,000 stockings.