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CUs play Santa to make holidays happy for kids
MADISON, Wis. (12/29/09)--Credit unions and credit union leagues hosted events and collected and distributed toys to make this year’s holiday season happier for children.
Click to view larger image CU Community CU in Springfield, Mo., adopted a second grade class at Boyd Elementary for the holidays, supplying each child with gifts such as socks, toys and personal hygiene items.
The Illinois Credit Union League provided toys for patients at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The hospital gives patients prizes after they undergo a rough day of tests or treatments, and its in-house TV network hosts game shows where patients receive prizes. The need for small prizes is ongoing, with the greatest need for gas cards and grocery store gift certificates to help families who are visiting their children in the hospital, the league said. CU Community CU, Springfield, Mo., adopted a second grade class at Boyd Elementary School and provided more than $3,500 in cash and donated items for the event. Each child received a gift bag with a
Click to view larger image Children at Boyd Elementary received gifts such as board games from CU Community CU in Springfield, Mo. (Photos provided by CU Community CU)
board game, toys, bubbles, hygiene products, gloves, socks, stocking cap, t-shirt, sweatshirt and other items. “I was surprised that it wasn’t necessarily the toys or games that caused the most excitement with the kids,” said Sarah Buchschacher, CU Community CU marketing assistant. “They liked those gifts, but many of them counted the chap stick, bubble bath, notepads and sock as their favorite things they received.” The credit union offered each child the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap. CU Community CU’s Kids Club mascot, the CUCCU bird, also attended the holiday party. Andrews FCU, Suitland, Md., provided Christmas gifts for needy children in Washington, D.C., and Burlington County, N.J. It also participated in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Andrews adopted 40 Angel Tree children in D.C., and bought bikes, clothes, toys and baby items. Employees also collected and donated 52 gifts to the Salvation Army. BELCO Community CU, Harrisburg, Pa., teamed up with local hockey team the Hershey Bears for the annual Teddy Bear Toss Dec. 5. More than 10 BELCO employees and their families collected bears and other stuffed animals that fans threw on the ice after the Bears’ first goal. Fans donated 6,420 bears, which were donated to hospitals and charities. BELCO visited the pediatric ward of Harrisburg Hospital Dec. 22 to deliver bears. Rogue FCU, Medford, Ore., raised $4,300 to help 11 local families in need. A local TV station had run on-air promotions inviting the community to nominate a family in need on its website. The winning family received $1,000. The rest of the money Rogue raised was divided among 10 other families. More than 180 families were nominated and the website generated more than one million hits. “We hear stories from folks who had 30 years of perfect credit history prior to the recession,” said Gene Pelham, president/CEO of Rogue CU. “Now they are about to lose their home. We also hear the stories of unforeseen hardship due to medical issues or a host of other reasons. In difficult times, the communities that survive and then thrive are those communities that join together to help everyone get through.” TruMark Financial CU, Trevose, Pa., donated 105 holiday stockings with toys for the Stockings for Kids program by a local radio station B101 with the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia. The stockings were given to needy children in the Delaware Valley. Credit unions also gave to Toys for Tots. CU of Georgia, Woodstock, Ga., contributed to Toys for Tots by setting up donation centers at each of its six branches. Members and employees contributed hundreds of toys, the credit union said. Global CU, Spokane, Wash., gathered 140 toys and $450 in donations to benefit Toys for Tots.
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