From left, Brian Coffaro and Jason Cuoco, Greater Chautauqua FCU; Assemblyman Andrew Goodell (R-Jamestown); Jessica Kennelley and Chris Kibbe, Love Inc.; Gloria Hayes, Union Relief; Marge Kazz & Dirck Van Deusen, Credit Union Association of New York, with some of the 600 plus gifts collected by Jamestown Chapter credit unions.
Credit Union Association of New York, Albany, N.Y., said five credit unions from the Jamestown Chapter collected toys again this year to help make the holidays a little brighter for area children. Members and employees from Affinity One FCU, Greater Chautauqua FCU, Inner Lakes FCU, Jamestown Area Community FCU, Jamestown Post Office Employees FCU, Southern Chautauqua FCU and the credit unions themselves, collected more than 600 toys this year. The unwrapped gifts were donated to Love Inc. in Jamestown and Union Relief of Westfield at a Jamestown Chapter Toys for Kids dinner in December. Assemblyman Andrew Goodell (R-Jamestown) was a guest speaker at the festive event. An additional $400 was raised during the event for wrapping paper and other needed items. Love Inc. and Union Relief of Westfield distributed the bounty of toys to children in need over the holidays.
Advance Financial Federal Credit Union, Hammond, Ind., collected and donated 70 presents during the Angel Tree Gift Drive. Staff and members of AFFCU added even more this year as they collected over 300 pounds of food and over $1,000 in monetary donations during their Annual Food Drive, supporting the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.
Service Credit Union
, Portsmouth, N.H., and the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire and the Daniel Webster Council Boy Scouts of America presented contributions of $14,000 each to Portsmouth High School and the Krempels Center. The donation was part of the proceeds from the 2012 Service Credit Union Boston-Portsmouth Air Show featuring the United States Navy Blue Angels. Proceeds from the air show also helped support two organizations, Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire and the Daniel Webster Council Boy Scouts of America, as well as a multitude of other New Hampshire non-profit organizations including Make-A-Wish Foundation. Separately, Service Credit Union donated 220 food gift certificates for turkeys worth $4,400 to local Salvation Armies and Food Pantries in the communities where the credit union serves members. Service Credit Union vice president of marketing Karen Benedetti, along with local branch officials contributed 100 food vouchers to the Portsmouth Salvation Army Tuesday morning. This is the sixth consecutive year, Service Credit Union contributed to charitable food centers in New Hampshire for the Thanksgiving holiday. The credit union also donated gift cards and food baskets to families in need on U.S. military installations in Germany. The Rochester Salvation Army and the Somersworth Community Food Pantry will receive 50 food vouchers each, while the Salem Food Pantry will receive 20 turkeys and 20 food gift certificates.
TruMark FinancialCredit Union, Trevose, Pa., raised funds to support the Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter, Inc. The credit union raised $760. The Foundation funds research, heightens public awareness of the impact of lupus, and supports people and their families affected by the disease.