Shell Federal Credit Union, Deer Park, Texas, partnered with the San Jacinto YMCA to collect school supplies to benefit children in need from the Deer Park, Pasadena and La Porte Independent School Districts. Shell FCU raised $6,345 and donated a dozen boxes of crayons, glue, scissors, colored markers and pencils. Members donated funds to the cause and branches competed against each other to see who collect the most supplies. With the money raised the credit union was able to purchase 729 backpacks for children.

Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Rapid City, S.D., completed its annual school supply drive, now in its 13th year. The credit union takes in donations of supplies and monetary donations from local business and individuals to give to students in Rapid City, Box Elder and Black Hawk. This year, the credit union collected 87,000 supplies to donate to 40 area schools. The supplies will fill desks and lockers of more than 4,000 students.

Mountain America Credit Union, Salt Lake City, participated in a "Fill the Bus" event to raise money and collect donations of school supplies for the students of Grantsville Elementary. Fire damaged the school a month and a half ago when teachers had already set up their classrooms with all their supplies. The community volunteered to help paint portable classrooms and gather supplies. Volunteers from Mountain American and Wal-Mart distribution center collected donations and school supplies. A total of $1,500 was raised in supplies and donations. Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Groton, Conn., collected backpacks for area school children in need. The credit union fills the backpacks with crayons, notebooks and pencils. This year the credit union donated 45 backpacks. Since 2007, the credit union has donated over 300 backpacks for children in New London and Windham counties. Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union, Charleston, S.C., announced that its board of directors volunteered at the Lowcountry Food Bank to participate in the "Backpack Buddies" program. Backpack Buddies is a program designed to provide students from low-income families with healthy, nonperishable food items each school weekend. The Lowcounty Food Bank serves 2,300 children attending 40 different schools.

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