ELGA Credit Union together with the Michigan State Police saves Christmas for local children

FENTON, MI (December 10, 2020) — This year has been full of challenges for many people in our community and across the country. Despite the financial struggles of many, the Genesee and Lapeer County communities stepped up to save Christmas for children in need this year, donating $16,020, and 1,469 toys to the Stuff a Blue Goose toy drive. This annual event is hosted by ELGA Credit Union (ELGA) and the Michigan State Police (MSP) to benefit the Salvation Army’s Toy Shoppe. Every penny raised and toy collected will provide Christmas for children right here in our local community.

“This is our 8th year hosting Stuff a Blue Goose, with this record-breaking year, it’s hard to find the words to express how grateful I am to our community for helping us rescue Christmas for children in need,” said Cheryl Sclater, Public Relations Manager for ELGA Credit Union “I am blessed to live and work in a community where people are so generous and caring”

“I look forward to this event every year, and the response from our community in times of need is overwhelming,” says Trooper Steven Kramer of the MSP Flint Post. “Putting a smile on a kid’s face and making them happy is always something I enjoy being part of, and I know we’re doing that by helping local families make Christmas happen.”

Donations were collected at 13 ELGA Credit Union locations by local police and fire departments, along with ELGA associates and Salvation Army representatives. Monetary donations were also made online – a first this year. In the 8 years this event has been hosted by ELGA, this is the largest monetary donation ever made. ELGA Credit Union and its associates, the MSP, and the community as a whole have come together to make this possible.

“This is a great community event that pulls everyone together for the sake of those among us who are the most vulnerable during Christmas,” said Major Randy Hellstrom with The Salvation Army.“Special thanks to the Michigan State Police and ELGA for choosing The Salvation Army to partner in rescuing Christmas this year!”

left to right in the photo is Cheryl Sclater, Public Relations Manager for ELGA Credit Union, Major Randy Hellstrom of The Salvation Army, Karen Church, CEO of ELGA Credit Union, and Trooper Steven Kramer of the Michigan State Police.

About ELGA Credit Union

Serving members since 1951, ELGA Credit Union is a not-for-profit cooperative; formed, owned and operated with a single purpose: People Helping People. Simply put, anyone who lives, works, worships, volunteers, or attends school in the State of Michigan is eligible to join. To learn more about ELGA Credit Union, visit


Cheryl Sclater
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