MADISON, Wis. (12/16/13)--The number of shopping days is quickly dwindling as Christmas nears, but credit unions' holiday spirit continues to swell.
|Nearly 120 employees and volunteers packed boxes for more than 5,000 soldiers deployed from North Carolina. This is the fourth year that State Employees' CU, Raleigh, N.C., has sent holiday packages overseas. (Photo provided by State Employees' CU)|
More than 5,000 packages will be sent to North Carolina soldiers who are deployed overseas. State Employees' CU, Raleigh, N.C., has been collecting items for its Support the Troops program since mid-September. Nearly 120 credit union employees and volunteers filled boxes with first aid items, games, snacks, toiletries, and cards and letters from North Carolina students.
In 2012, Army Sgt. Odaliska Almonte received one of the care packages last year and was on hand for this year's project. "The care packages were great, especially all of the cards we received from children," she said. "They were the highlight of the box and many soldiers posted them over their bunks so they would be the first thing they would see. The cards just lifted your spirits."