It's all about the bird for CU charity at Thanksgiving

November 20, 2014

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.

Click to view larger imageEmployees 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.

Click to view larger imageParticipants 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.

Click to view larger imageLocal 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:

  • Members and staff of Ideal CU, Woodbury, Minn., with $567 million in assets, once again helped to fill collection barrels to ensure kids in the Twin Cities metro area receive new or gently used coats this winter;
  • A total of 224 coats and 123 winter accessories were collected at Ideal CU branch locations throughout the year, culminating with the October Salvation Army Coats for Kids Drive. In addition, the Ideal Community Foundation donated $2,500 from Casual for a Cause and other contributions, which the Salvation Army will use to buy 156 more coats for needy children;
  • On Dec. 6, Evolve FCU, El Paso, Texas, with $300 million in assets, will present the 2014 Celebration of Lights, El Paso's traditional holiday lighting ceremony. Since it first began in 1935, the Celebration of Lights has been one of the most celebrated traditions in the Sun City;
  • Mid Oregon CU, Bend, Ore., with $185 million in assets, is supporting local charities through the Holiday Dough Fund. Cash donations will help provide food, clothing and shelter for individuals and families within the local community as well as toys for kids; and
  • Georgia United CU, Duluth, Ga., with $981 million in assets, is holding its 25th annual Wish Tree program to collect new toys and clothing for deserving children through local charitable organizations or the state Division of Family and Children Services.