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Wrapping up the holidays with CUs help
MADISON, Wis. (1/2/09)--Credit unions nationwide are reporting their
Click for slide show Jeff Tennant and Tracy Streebel, business development officers at Unitus Community CU, Portland, Ore., collected 4,000 items to benefit needy families. Members and employees provided new clothing, food, toys, formula and diapers, toothbrushes, blankets and sleeping bags. Unitus also donated $5 for every new membership and checking account opened at each branch (Photo provided by Unitus Community CU).
donations of time, money, food, toys and other items to help their members and those less fortunate this holiday season. Activities ranged from “adopting” families to collecting shoes and clothing for needy children (see News Now’s slideshow for photos of credit unions’ holiday events). Charitable holiday events at credit unions included:
* AmeriCU, Rome, N.Y., gave 12 members $1,000 each during a direct-deposit holiday promotion; * San Antonio (Texas) FCU, donated $25 grocery cards to 40 soldiers at Fort Sam Houston; * Firefighter Community CU, Cleveland, Ohio, provided $779 to a local family with six children whose father recently died. Employees also collected clothing for the family; * Western Corporate CU, San Dimas, Calif., helped families give their deployed soldiers holiday greetings through Operation Best Wishes. Families could create and send videos of themselves to soldiers; * Sandia Laboratory FCU, Albuquerque, N.M., collected shoes for needy children (US Fed News Dec. 15); * Lithium FCU, Bessemer City, N.C., held its annual Angel Tree project for area children. About 53 children had their Christmas wishes fulfilled, and 19 families were provided a Christmas dinner (Weekly Update Dec. 23); * Carolina Postal CU, Charlotte, N.C., collected more than 50 used coats, jackets, hats and gloves for needy children on a Native American reservation in North Dakota (Weekly Update Dec. 23); * Mercer County Community FCU, Hermitage, Pa., collected $700 for local food warehouses (Life is a Highway Dec. 29); and * Point Breeze CU, Bel Air, Md., contributed $2,500 to the Empty Stocking Fund, which benefits less fortunate children in Harford County (Focus Newsletter Dec. 29).


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