Credit unions use holidays as opportunity to help

Published 12.22.20

Credit unions are spreading their holiday cheer far and wide, helping more than a dozen organizations this holiday season. 

Credit Union of America helps local charities

Credit Union of America (CUA) (Wichita, KS) has increased its charitable donations and has chosen to assist three additional groups this holiday season with donations totaling over $30,000. 

Frank Shoffner, Credit Union of America CEO, announced “Our Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff recognize the increased need for food, clothing, and personal items due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We strive every day to make a difference in our members’ lives and with these donations we can make a difference in the lives of our community neighbors that are struggling like never before.”

CUA presented $25,000 to the Kansas Food Bank, half of which will go to providing Food 4 Kids weekend backpacks, and the remaining $12,500 will be allocated as needed to food boxes for seniors, mobile pantries, and congregate meal sites.  Cargill is providing a match of $12,500 to CUA’s Food 4 Kids donation.

A check was presented to HumanKind Ministries for $5,000 to assist with Operation Holiday, which provides for basic needs and toys to area individuals and families. 

Additionally, CUA has provided $2,500 to the McKinney-Vento project at Wichita Public Schools.  McKinney-Vento assists students in accomplishing their educational goals though they are in a transitioning phase of home life, specifically, students’ families are homeless and either living in cars, outside, or moving from house to house between families or friends.  Students are helped with sleeping bags, blankets, gloves, hats, etc. and assistance with food.  There are approximately 800 students in the program.  


Spreading holiday cheer in 2020 to communities is a must for White Eagle Credit Union

Recently White Eagle Credit Union (Augusta, KS) brought some holiday cheer to their friends in the Covid Unit at LakePoint Nursing Home in Augusta by delivering 27 holiday gift bags filled with goodies for patients and nurses.

On Giving Tuesday, they delivered Holiday Cups filled with goodies along with signed cards for the 80 Holiday bags to the Butler County Dept. of Aging. The Butler County Department of Aging will be distributing them to shut-ins during the month of December.

White Eagle is also gathering Christmas gifts for 6 families in need in the Augusta area and their El Dorado branch is collecting food donations for the Salvation Army. 
Rounding out their campaign to spread holiday cheer is helping with the JAG annual Christmas party. 


Five local non-profits receive dental kits, Disney DVD bags, and elf bags from Together Credit Union

Together Credit Union (St. Louis, MO) is giving back to the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area this holiday season by donating gifts and personal hygiene supplies to local organizations serving children and families-in-need.  

“The holiday season is often a struggle for many in our community, and donations to local charities are down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe it will take time, support and resources to overcome these challenges and are stepping up our efforts to aid those individuals and families in need,” said Bob McKay, President & CEO. 

This holiday season, Together Credit Union’s Community Taskforce donated 60 dental kits and Disney DVD bags to the YWCA Metro St. Louis Head Start and Early Head Start program in Kirkwood, and 100 youth and 200 adult dental kits and 100 Disney DVDs to LifeWise STL in St. Louis City. 

Together Credit Union’s Employee Resource Group, Advancing Women Leaders, also donated 100 Elf Bags to four women’s shelters: Our Lady’s Inn in St. Louis and St. Charles, All Among Us, and Community Women Against Hardship. Each Elf Bag contained soap, lotion, a hairbrush, loofa, hand sanitizer, nail file, lip balm, nail clippers, and hair scrunchies.

“Our employees have taken our core values to heart, finding a greater and more meaningful way to serve our members and communities. I am forever grateful for their generosity and spirit,” added McKay. 


Meritrust Credit Union shares message of hope with donation

Meritrust recently donated $2,000 to the Boys & Girls of South Central Kansas as a part of its story for Financially Fearless™ -- the credit union’s brand statement launched earlier this year. The Financially Fearless campaign was created to provide a message of hope for members and the community, knowing they are not alone in life’s challenges. The funds will help ensure the Boys & Girls Club can continue to provide hope in the community this holiday season and into next year through its much-needed programs to serve youth.