On Saturday, December 3rd, State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) completed its 2nd Annual “SECU Supports the Troops” campaign to provide 5,000 holiday gift boxes for North Carolina’s National Guard and Reservists deployed throughout the world. Approximately 130 Credit Union employees, family members, and volunteers were on hand to “make it happen,” packing the gift boxes in just three hours. Boxes were then loaded into a U.S. Postal Service eighteen-wheeler for delivery, with Raleigh, N.C. Postmaster Cheryl Picard even assisting in the packing effort.
SECU’s 239 statewide branches were collection sites for the donated “wish list” items that poured in from SECU members and local community groups. “Wish list” items included travel size items of dental supplies, first aid items, soap, shampoo, travel games, socks, writing supplies, and snacks, and were topped off with special hand-written letters from North Carolina school children, thanking soldiers for their service to our Country. Monetary donations from members to the campaign were used to help defray the costs associated with shipping.
Leigh Brady, SECU Senior Vice President of Education Services states, “SECU is proud to continue its support of our N.C. military personnel overseas. N.C. National Guard soldiers and their families are within SECU’s membership base, making this project even more significant for our cooperative. The excitement and success of last year’s campaign, including the heartwarming thank yous from soldiers who received gift packages, prompted the return of SECU Supports the Troops. It’s another way SECU exemplifies the Credit Union philosophy of ‘People Helping People.’”
Assisting with the December 3rd packing project, McKinley Wooten, SECU Board of Directors Chairman remarked, “It’s more than just the number of packages the Credit Union is delivering, it is the demonstration of love that we have for our soldiers that makes this project special. We want them to feel the care that goes into putting these boxes together. Being involved in a project of this magnitude, supported by the membership and our local communities, sends a bit of comfort from home to these deployed men and women who serve and protect our Country every day!”