Make hope real: GTE Financial gifts holiday wishlists to 8 families for the 9th consecutive year

TAMPA, FL (December 8, 2022) — As a leading not-for-profit credit union, GTE Financial is committed to giving back to the Tampa Bay community and putting members first. The credit union is fulfilling the holiday wish lists of eight member families through its Make Hope Real initiative for the 9th consecutive year.

Make Hope Real is an internal philanthropic effort to help families in need during the holiday season. With eight local families selected and 38 recipients, GTE fulfills each chosen member’s wish list to ensure each family has a special and memorable holiday season. Items on the wish lists included clothes, groceries, toys for their little ones, and more.

“It’s nothing short of a miracle that GTE could do this for our family at these times,” says Billy C, a recipient of Make Hope Real. I want this holiday season to be different for my kids, and now I can’t wait for them to wake up Christmas morning to everything they’ve ever wanted.”

GTE’s Make Hope Real initiative celebrates the credit union’s mission of “people helping people.” The credit union’s employees wrap each gift and deliver them in time for the holidays. GTE members’ families were selected by submitting their personal stories and Christmas lists on GTE’s website during the submission process.

“Make Hope Real is near and dear to all of us at the credit union. It is extremely rewarding to work with our member families during this time of year and now more than ever, they need us,” said Mandy Zurbrick, Chief Marketing Officer at GTE Financial.

To learn more about GTE’s charitable mission, please visit

About GTE Financial

GTE Financial is a not-for-profit financial cooperative located throughout West Central Florida with $2.9 billion in assets and 24 Community Financial Centers. Chartered in 1935, GTE Financial is the official credit union of the Tampa Bay Lightning and is locally owned and operated in the Tampa Bay area, serving more than 230,000 individuals and businesses. For more information on GTE Financial, visit For more information, interviews, or media requests, please call (813) 644-7443 or email Savannah Cruz at


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