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CUs keep troops in mind for holidays
MADISON, Wis. (11/22/10)--With a strong legacy of serving members of the military and their families, credit unions nationwide are thinking of U.S. troops when they share the holiday spirit. Here’s a look at how some credit unions are saying thank you to our soldiers worldwide.
SECU employees and member volunteers packed 5,000 gift boxes to send to deployed soldiers.
* State Employees CU staff and member volunteers gathered in Raleigh, N.C., on Nov. 6 to prepare and pack 5,000 holiday gift boxes for North Carolina National Guard and other North Carolina-based military soldiers deployed overseas. The gift boxes were packed with travel size items, including dental supplies, soap, shampoo, first aid items, travel games, socks and food. The items were collected in all 233 SECU branches statewide. With 180 people on hand, the boxes were filled within a couple hours. A U.S. Postal Service 18-wheeler soon arrived to take delivery of the boxes. Leigh Brady, senior vice president of education services at SECU, said the level of participation shows that the holiday spirit is contagious. “When SECU decided to initiate a statewide campaign, we had no idea that the volume of donations and volunteers would be so tremendous. We are elated with the results.” * Southpointe CU, St. Louis, is helping members prepare for their Thanksgiving dinner while supporting Homes for Our Troops--an effort to build specially adapted homes for severely disabled service members returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Southpointe CU is selling homemade pies for a $10 donation during November. Credit union employees are making the pies themselves, according to Member Service Manager Nancy Buehler. With only 10 employees, they may have their work cut out for them. “So far we have 31 orders,” Buehler told News Now Friday. “We know we’ll be busy, but it’s for a good cause. It’s fun for all of us.” * Belvoir FCU, Woodbridge, Va., is providing both members and non-members with the opportunity to visit any branch on select days or times to film a holiday message to send their loved ones this holiday season. The credit union has created a YouTube channel that includes all the messages. The credit union was organized in 1946 as Fort Belvoir FCU to serve the local military base. Since then, the credit union had expanded to serve a broader market in the Greater Washington DC area. * Like Belvoir, AmeriCU CU, Rome, N.Y., is offering military families an opportunity to send video messages to their deployed loved ones during the holiday season. The Rome, N.Y., credit union is partnering with WesCorp FCU and the Defense Credit Union Council to host Operation Best Wishes on Dec 7. * Southeast Ohio credit unions, including Atomic CU offices in Chillicothe, Waverly, Piketon and Welleston, and Chivaho FCU in Chillicothe, have begun their annual Sweats for Vets clothing drive to benefit local military veterans. Donations of new sweatshirts and pants will be accepted at Ohio Credit Union League participating sites. * Earthmover CU, Oswego, Ill., is accepting donations for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Drive during the holiday season. Toys for Tots began in 1947 when Marine reservists from Los Angeles collected and distributed toys to 5,000 needy children.
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