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St. Louis Postal Credit Union and Show-Me Credit Union, Mexico, Mo., have teamed up to help keep needy families warm. Both credit unions hosted coat drives. Show-Me CU collected 644 coats, which have been donated to The Help Center, a nonprofit thrift shop and food pantry serving area low-income families. The coats are distributed as needed to families served by the center. SLPCU partnered with St. Louis-area radio station WIL to gather gently used children’s coats at the credit union’s five locations resulting in a total of 100 coats collected. Radio station WIL will distribute the items to children in need throughout the St. Louis area. Arizona Credit Union League Southern Arizona Chapter, Tucson, has hosted a Children’s Miracle Network/Credit Union for Kids auction to benefit Tucson Medical Center. One item-a quilt hand stitched and donated by Huachuca FCU staffer Genevieve Morris raised $700. DM Federal Credit Union President/CEO Robert D. Ramirez, who placed the winning bid donated the quilt to be forever displayed at Tucson Medical Center. Texans Credit Union, Richardson, Texas, has raised over $160,000 for United Way during its 2005 employee campaign. Over 260 employees participated in the campaign which consisted of kick-off meetings, grand prize drawings, jeans days, bake sales, pizza parties and an online auction featuring Neil Diamond concert tickets, Cowboys, FC Dallas and MLS CUP 2005 tickets, a round of golf at Stonebriar Country Club and – the most bid on item – a day of golf with Texans President/CEO David Addison. This year, Texans increased the corporate gift by implementing a dollar for dollar matching gift program, allowing the credit union to far exceed its goal of raising $100,000 for United Way. Money One Federal Credit Union, Largo, Md., has sponsored a Thanksgiving Food Drive in the branch to support one of its SEGs- United Communities Against Poverty. The group is a non-profit, community-based organization located in Maryland that exists to help individuals and families alleviate poverty and transition towards independence and self-sufficiency. Members and staffers made generous donations that helped feed people in the community who are less fortunate and otherwise might not have had a Thanksgiving meal. FirstLight Federal Credit Union, El Paso, Texas, has sponsored the Sun Bowl Parade, which drew in a crowd of over 350,000 spectators on Thanksgiving Day. Some 40 employees walked the parade route while holding a gigantic Garfield balloon. In addition to participating in the parade, FirstLight FCU employees donned the Parade’s Grand Marshals’ costumes of Looney Tune characters Bugs Bunny, Sylvester and Tweety Bird to visit injured soldiers and children in the pediatric clinic at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center on Fort Bliss. Guest appearances were also made at the pediatric ward of one of El Paso’s local hospitals-Del Sol Medical Center, and at scheduled times at four of FirstLight FCU’s branches so that members’ families could come in and take pictures of their children with any or all of the Looney Tune Trio. Maine Credit Union League, Westbrook, has partnered with The Good Shepherd Food Bank to offer the state’s first Food Mobile, which can deliver 7,000 pounds of food to food pantries in one visit. Through the partnership the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger is the major sponsor of the vehicle. To date, the Food Mobile has already delivered more than 14,000 pounds of food to food pantries in several Maine counties. In addition Maine CUL has donated $15,000 to The Good Shepard Food Bank, which can be used to purchase over $180,000 worth of food.

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