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Carolina Postals Operation CU Troop a success
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (12/5/07)--An idea by a Carolina Postal CU manager to help troops stationed overseas has not only come to fruition, but it also has become a success. Operation CU Troop, conceived by Carolina Postal Branch Manager Nelle Baldwin, is finishing up its deliveries to U.S. troops over the next few weeks (North Carolina Credit Union League’s Weekly Update Nov. 29). As part of the program, nine North Carolina credit unions partnered with the $62 million asset, Charlotte-based Carolina Postal this year to gather food and toiletry items that were needed by overseas U.S. troops. The collection drive stretched throughout the state. Lions’ Share CU in Salisbury helped move the drive forward by reaching out to credit union members and business partners. “We collected a ton of food, batteries and personal supplies,” said Lions Share President/CEO John McGrail. “We even got 200 international calling cards donated.” Other credit union assisting with Operation CU Troop include: Members CU, Winston-Salem; North State Telco CU, High Point; American Partners FCU, Reidsville; State Employees CU, Raleigh; Truliant FCU, Winston-Salem; Lithium FCU, Bessemer City; Carolina FCU, Cherryville; and Winston-Salem City ECU. Additional food and toiletries were gathered by credit union volunteers at Carolina Postal, and are being sorted and packed into gift packets by Junior ROTC Cadets at the Phillip O. Berry High School in Charlotte. The credit union volunteers and cadets will deliver the gift packets to the USO Office at the Charlotte airport. More than 16,000 troops are coming through the USO Center at the airport during the months of December and January. Christmas cards, notes of support and elementary-school student drawings are being included in each gift packet handed out to the service men and women as they head back overseas. “This year’s support was phenomenal by our members and our fellow credit unions and shows the cooperative spirit of our credit unions,” said Joy Watts, CEO of Carolina Postal. “We are hoping to make this an even broader event next year due to the success of Operation CU Troop in 2007.”


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