MADISON, Wis. (11/2114)--As the daily temperature drops in most parts of the country, credit unions nationwide have already begun warming hearts with holiday charitable events and celebrations.
|Employees at $410 million-asset Dover (Del.) FCU collected nonperishable items at all of its branches. (Dover FCU Photo)|
Dover (Del.) FCU is participating in the annual Turkey Round Up, a program that helps the Food Bank of Delaware collect and distribute turkeys and nonperishable food to families in need during the holiday season. Dover FCU awarded each of its employees a $20 turkey gift voucher. Employees were given the option to donate their vouchers to the Turkey Round Up program so that turkeys could be purchased for hungry state residents.
The $410 million-asset credit union also collected nonperishable items and monetary donations at all of its branch locations. The combined efforts of employees and Dover FCU members raised $1,585.83 and filled six large bins with food for the holidays.
|Participants in last year's Pacific Marine CU Turkey Trot in Oceanside, Calif., celebrated the event's Thanksgiving Day theme. (Pacific Marine CU Photo)|
Pacific Marine CU, Oceanside, Calif., with $707 million in assets, is sponsoring the ninth annual Oceanside Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. The PMCU Oceanside Turkey Trot has raised more than $160,000 for local charities in the last eight years (U-T San Diego Nov. 16).
Participants can designate their entry fees toward local schools and nonprofits. The event also supports the Move Your Feet Before You Eat Foundation, a charity that promotes health and physical activity among young people.
On Tuesday, Bethpage (N.Y.) FCU, with $5.6 billion in assets, sponsored the sixth annual Bethpage Turkey Drive to benefit Island Harvest food bank.
|Local firefighters are among those who assisted in the sixth annual Bethpage Turkey Drive, sponsored by Bethpage (N.Y.) FCU. (Bethpage FCU Photo)|
Long Islanders donated frozen turkeys, nonperishable food items and cash donations. One generous giver donated 80 turkeys (Newsday Nov. 20). The donations helped supply Thanksgiving holiday meals to the more than 300,000 hungry Long Islanders.
Credit Union 1, Rantoul, Ill., with $768 million in assets, is hosting a food drive this month. Members and employees are welcome to donate money or nonperishable food items. Food donations will go to a local food pantry that each branch has selected in the communities served by the credit union. Monetary donations will go to Feeding America.
In addition to hunger relief, credit unions focused on other "people helping people" efforts: