Bell-Tel Credit Union, Orlando, Fla., Real Estate Manager Candice Nowadly played cupid this year as she presented seven large boxes of valentines to the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital. The hospital serves approximately 350,000 veterans in Central Florida. The valentines of much needed items such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste, combs, and tube socks also included sugar-free candy and handmade valentines. This is the fifth year Bell-Tel CU has participated in the program. Security Service Federal Credit Union, San Antonio, has donated $7,000 to the Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital as part of the credit union’s support for the Children’s Miracle Network – Credit Union for Kids campaign. The donation was generated during the official opening of SSFCU’s new Ingram Park Mall Service Center. SSFCU designated a two-week period in which $1 for every SSFCU ATM cash withdrawal made at the new location was donated to the children’s hospital. Point Loma Credit Union, San Diego, Calif., has donated over $3,800 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation’s mission is to grant the wishes of children with life threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The non-profit was founded in 1980 and since has reached 97,000 children worldwide. TruWest Credit Union, Scottsdale, Ariz., staffer have responded to a call to action from Schillios Consulting Group President Carol Schillios to help credit unions in Africa. Donations of paper, pens, pencils, mouse pads, and a variety of other premium items were shared with credit unions in Senegal and Mali. State Employees Credit Union, Lansing, Mich., has raised $24,984 for Capital Area United Way. SECU utilized the Internet to offer entertainment and encourage staff participation in various United Way Campaign events. They had a silent auction website called secuBay where pictures of donated items were posted and bidding was done through e-mail. Similarly, a Stunt Contest was held in which the top five stunts with the highest amount of donations were performed. The information about the stunts, along with amusing graphics, were put on the Web site, which was updated regularly with the newest bids.

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