As a way of giving back to the Boston community, attendees took time out of their breakfast and lunch breaks to pack stickers, tattoos, crayons, and glue sticks into bags for children who will be spending their summer in a hospital room.
It was part of a giveback event at CUNA's America's Credit Union Conference Friday.
The more than 500 bags were delivered to Boston Children’s Hospital—a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital facility—during an experiential session Friday afternoon. They will be distributed to children who are patients at the hospital.
"The donation we received today from America's credit unions will benefit our child life services, who support children's experiences at the hospital," says Sharon Yon-Johansson, manager of Children's Miracle Network Programs for Boston Children's Hospital Trust. "Some of these services that specialize in supporting children would not be possible without the philanthropy of our corporate partners."
The bags are full of fun things for kids—sunglasses, sticker sheets, tattoos, craft packs, bubbles, and sparkly headbands and necklaces in the summer surprise bags and crayons, markers, glue sticks, notebooks, and other necessary supplies for the back to school bags.
Mary Campbell, a director at Bayport Credit Union in Newport News, Va., put together several bags Friday morning. She says the giveback event is a natural extension of the credit union mindset.
“I think the whole credit union community believes in the giving back philosophy,” Campbell says. “This is something simple and I’m sure the kids will enjoy it.