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Kansas CUs Pick Up Tab At Seven Businesses
WICHITA, Kan. (5/16/13)--Eleven Kansas credit unions surprised consumers with gift cards, cash, free coffee or a free lunch Tuesday in seven communities across Kansas.

Click to view larger image Jennifer Kirmse, vice president of business development at Educational CU in Topeka, Kan., takes part in surprising consumers with gift cards, cash, free coffee or a free lunch Tuesday at PT's Coffee in Topeka. The event, which took place in seven Kansas communities, is part of the Kansas Credit Union Association's Make a Difference campaign. (Photo provided by the Kansas Credit Union Association)
It's part of the Kansas Credit Union Association's Make a Difference campaign. KCUA said it received great responses to the spontaneous event via Twitter and Facebook and in person.

"This is the perfect way for credit unions to illustrate the philosophy of 'people helping people,'" said Susan Dyer, KCUA communications director. "It's why credit unions exist ... to serve their members. And it's a way for credit unions to show they are dedicated to serving their communities."

"It's the simple gestures that mean the most," Dyer added. "We wanted to brighten the day of Kansas residents, and we hope they will pass it on and do something nice for someone else."

Each location had $1,000 to use in the form of cash or gift cards. Depending on the location, people were surprised with a gift card, cash or a free purchase of coffee or lunch

Representatives from 11 credit unions throughout the state volunteered for the event.

The communities, credit unions and locations involved in the free lunches were:

  • Emporia--Emporia State FCU (Granada Coffee Co., Java Cat Coffeehouse, Amanda's Bakery, Commercial Street Diner);
  • Ness City--United CU (Cuppa Joe's);
  • Norton--United Northwest FCU  (White Fields Coffee House);
  • Kansas City, Kan.--Mainstreet CU and  Reliance CU (Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Merriam);
  • Topeka--Educational CU (PT's Coffee);
  • Topeka--Quest CU and New Century CU (Classic Bean, downtown); and
  • Wichita--EquiShare CU, Mid American CU and Wichita FCU (Mead's Corner).
This was the second in a series of events. The first event was a gas giveaway in October. The third event will be in October, during International Credit Union Week.

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