September 11, 2013
RALEIGH — Thanks to the continued generosity of its members and North Carolina communities, officials with the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) has announced plans for its 4th annual SECU Supports the Troops campaign, which will kick off Sept. 16th and run through Oct. 31. All 250 statewide branches, including the one in Clinton, will collect “wish list” items to provide holiday care packages for North Carolina deployed solders.
As with previous campaigns, SECU’s goal is to pack 5,000 gift boxes. The boxes will include travel sized toiletries, first aid items and snacks, along with one-of-a-kind thank you cards and letters expressing words of encouragement from local school children – always a big hit with the soldiers! In addition to collecting items, SECU will accept monetary donations to assist with shipping costs.
In a note of appreciation to SECU after his unit received the holiday boxes last year, William Crouch, Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force wrote, “What a lift it was to a very tired group of girls and guys when all of the care packages came in after a hard day’s work. I’ve never seen so many grown-ups so excited to read the letters included in the boxes. Everyone was on cloud nine – the gift boxes were a great lift to everyone’s spirits!”
“This campaign is a wonderful way to show our support for North Carolina’s deployed soldiers and their families,” comments Leigh Brady, SECU Executive Vice President of Organizational Development. “This project certainly hits home with SECU, as our credit union serves and employs members of the North Carolina National Guard and Reserves. It’s a reflection of the genuine caring efforts and generosity of SECU staff, members and community supporters who want these local soldiers to know they make a difference.”
A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for over 75 years. With 1.8 million members, SECU provides services through 250 branch offices, 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Contact Centers and a website, www.ncsecu.org.