MADISON, Wis. (12/23/15)--Whether they open gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, many children will have beribboned boxes and stuffed stockings thanks to the toy drive efforts of credit unions nationwide.
Thirteen credit unions and the Cooperative Credit Union Association teamed up to provide toys for its longtime charitable partner, the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. Metro CU, Chelsea, Mass., held a dress-down day that raised $1,800 toward purchasing gifts for the coalition’s holiday toy drive (Daily CU Scan Dec. 21).
Many credit unions focus their toy drive efforts to Toys for Tots, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve program, or partner with local media and community organizations to boost donations.
Andrews FCU, Suitland, Md., donated toys to Kristi’s Christmas, which supplies gifts to Fairfax County Public Schools. Social workers and school counselors can pick toys from the district’s “Last Chance Boutique” so no student goes without a gift during the holiday season. This year, the credit union’s Springfield, Va., branch designated a box for member contributions.
Unseasonable weather melted the chance for an outdoor hockey tournament, but hearts were warmed during Members Cooperative CU’s annual Santa’s Home for the Holidays event. Nearly 400 attended the event in Cloquet, Minn., which included visits with Santa Claus and stories from Mrs. Claus (Pine Journal Dec. 11).
In Oxnard, Calif., CBC FCU sponsored a toy giveaway during the Santa to the Sea race Dec. 13. Entrants for the half marathon, relay, 5K and 1K fun runs were asked to bring an unwrapped toy or gift to the starting line. More than 1,000 children received toys thanks to the event.
Generations FCU, San Antonio, joined CBS affiliate KENS-TV and Corner Store to collect more than 6,500 toys for children under the care of Child Protective Services. The event also raised a record $8,500.
The toy drive sponsored by the University of Michigan CU (UMCU), Ann Arbor, Mich., became Toys for Mott this year. UMCU and its members raised $6,000 this year--roughly double the 2014 total--to support the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.