NAPERVILLE, Ill., and LEBANON, Ore. (10/5/15)--When a local retailer went out of business and stopped hosting a thrift store school supply shopping spree for underprivileged students in west-central Oregon, Linn-Co FCU, stepped in to help.
The Lebanon, Ore.-based credit union became one of the leaders in sponsoring KidzShop, which collectively provided 315 students this year with a school supply shopping spree valued at $37,000. It teamed with other area community leaders and the Altrusa Club of Albany, Ore., to create KidzShop.
The credit union and other organizations assembled at 6 a.m. one Saturday at Heritage Mall, where students and their adult chaperones shopped for clothing, shoes, accessories and other items. Each student could spend up to $100.
After their shopping spree, students also received a backpack filled with school supplies, a snack sack of healthy non-perishable food, several pairs of new socks and dental kits. The credit union also provided complimentary pastries and cold drinks for the early morning shoppers.
Because the mall discontinued the general gift cards normally used for KidzShop purchases, Linn-Co FCU contacted LSC, the Illinois Credit Union League’s subsidiary. As a result, students used CUMONEY TravelMoney cards provided by the LSC for their transactions.
“KidzShop has truly been a win-win opportunity for the underprivileged children in our community and the credit union movement,” said Kathleen Burt, Linn-Co FCU director of public relations. She noted that LSC “maximized our funds, and all went directly to the kids.”