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Credit Unions Busy Doing Good During the Holidays

Credit unions around the state helped make the holidays brighter for various organizations. 

​TelComm Credit Union (Springfield)
TelComm Credit Union, along with volunteers from other credit unions in the Springfield Chapter, wrapped Christmas surprises at Battlefield Mall to help the Developmental Center of the Ozarks's annual fundraising efforts. On a Saturday, TelComm volunteers rang bells for the Salvation Army at the Wal-Mart Supercenter, and they raised more than $1,200 in just a few hours. In addition, TelComm collected non-perishable food items for Crosslines and helped four-legged friends by collecting pet items and cleaning supplies for a local no-kill animal shelter, C.A.R.E.

"TelComm Credit Union regularly partners with local non-profit organizations in the southwest Missouri area to 'walk the walk' of the credit union philosophy of 'people helping people,'" says Lori Johnson Murawski, VP of Marketing & Business Development. "During the course of a year, we participate in blood drives, bell ringing, food collections for people and animals, clothing drives, various activities with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, walk teams and so on. Our employees and board believe it is imperative to do our part and be a good neighbor in the counties we serve as a way to give back to our members and help the needy in our region."

Mercy Credit Union (Springfield)
Thanks to the generosity of their staff and members, Mercy Credit Union was able to give a family a wonderful Christmas. Mercy Credit Union adopted a family for Christmas and bought presents for the three children and gift cards for the parents. The main office made a wreath that was raffled off and raised $200. The proceeds were used to purchase a VISA gift card and a Wal-Mart gift card for the parents. Staff from four branches donated money, which was used to buy the children's gifts.

“With locations in Springfield, St. Louis and Oklahoma City, adopting a family for Christmas was a great way for the credit union staff to join together for the holidays and be a part of the social purpose of credit unions – people helping people,” says Heather Caldwell, marketing coordinator.

West Community Credit Union (O'Fallon)
West Community Credit Union held several “CU Pay It Forward” events this holiday season. Staff spent some time at two different Smoothie King locations, as well as the Kolache Factory, purchasing items for unsuspecting patrons. Events were promoted on social media and encouraged those who received the free goodies to pay it forward in the community and share their story on their Facebook page. 

West Community/Tigers Credit Union adopted a St. Louis family this holiday season. The family consisted of a single mother with seven children, ranging in age from 3-11, and included two sets of twins, all of which have been sleeping on air mattresses. The credit union purchased the family three sets of bunk beds and six mattresses, which were all delivered for the holiday. Employees donated new bedding for all seven children, bikes, scooters, toys, winter coats, clothes, pots and pans, bath towels and other much needed household items.

"It feels great to give back to our community and support others during the holiday season," says Lori Hudson, Community Relations Coordinator at West Community. "It is a great reminder of how the credit union philosophy 'people helping people' should be incorporated in our everyday lives."

Caption (top): TelComm Credit Union volunteers with their donations of pet items at C.A.R.E.
Caption (middle): Mercy Credit Union's gift-wrapped presents for their adopted family.
Caption (bottom): West Community Credit Union staffers surprised Smoothie King customers with free goodies.