In the early morning hours of Dec. 1, over 100 State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) elves from around the state traveled to a credit union operations center in Raleigh in anticipation of its third annual SECU Supports the Troops holiday campaign packing day event. As the morning unfolded, the elves, aka SECU staff and volunteers, assembled, labeled and securely taped 5,000 holiday gift boxes filled with “wish list” items for North Carolina National Guardsmen and other North Carolina based deployed soldiers. Thirty-four pallets laden with more than 400 cases of “gifts from home” were then loaded into two SECU sleighs – two U.S. Postal Service 18-wheelers, for delivery to military bases throughout the world.
With campaign collection efforts beginning in mid-September, SECU’s 245 branches statewide decorated their foyers with creative art displays and accepted “wish list” donations from SECU members and local community groups through Oct. 31. Included in the holiday boxes were travel sized dental supplies, soap, shampoo, first aid items, games, socks, and snacks. Heartwarming letters from North Carolina school children, expressing thanks for the soldiers’ service to our country were added as the final touch. Monetary contributions from members were used to help with shipping costs.
SECU Board of Directors Chair McKinley Wooten, who assisted with the packing, remarked, “SECU’s Supports the Troops holiday campaign is a rewarding project that really demonstrates the Credit Union’s philosophy of ‘People Helping People.’ We hope these gifts from home will bring many smiles and great comfort to North Carolina’s military soldiers deployed during this Christmas season. SECU wishes to extend warm holiday wishes and its sincere appreciation to all military personnel for their loyalty, commitment and service to our country.”
SECU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. SECU has been providing the employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for 75 years. With close to 1.8 million members, SECU provides services through 245 branch offices, nearly 1,200 ATMs, 24/7 Contact Centers and a website, www.ncsecu.org.