Indiana Members Credit Union Spreads Holiday Cheer At Local School
Contact: Nikki Thompson,
Public Relations Specialist
Indiana Members Credit Union
(Indianapolis, IN, February, 2012) Indiana Members Credit Union (IMCU), Central Indiana’s largest credit union, prepared a special holiday event for a local school in its community. IMCU hosted a holiday celebration at IPS School 44, Riverside Elementary, in Indianapolis, where they distributed handmade winter scarves and toys to the 425 students and turkey dinners to all faculty and staff on Tuesday, December 20, 2011.
IMCU has partnered with IPS School #44 during 2011 and has already collected and donated, through numerous drives, 6,200 items for their food pantry, 130 hand crocheted hats by IMCU staff, 120 pairs of socks and 200 pairs of gloves and under garments, all necessary supplies for the students, but wanted to do more this holiday season.
“IMCU wanted to take our partnership with IPS School #44 a step further and provide them with a special holiday celebration,” stated Ron Collier, CEO of IMCU. “We wanted to do something special for the entire staff, so we gathered items for a turkey dinner gift basket. In addition, instead of having an internal gift exchange, some IMCU employees decided to donate money towards materials to make scarves for the kids at 44. Our Business Development, Human Resources and Community Relations Departments
took a morning and cut out fleece material employees had purchased, making 500 scarves. To complete the event, as a sponsor of the Indiana Pacers, we were also able to provide each student with a toy from JAKKS Pacific, Inc. from their ‘Christmas in July’ program.”
Mandy Emery, AVP Community Relations for IMCU, planned and orchestrated the holiday celebration at IPS School #44. “This event started with a plan to deliver some turkey dinners to the teachers and staff at the school, but employees here wanted to do more. So instead of exchanging holiday gifts we decided to use that money to give the entire school a holiday to remember,” stated Emery.
At the holiday celebration, each student received an age and gender appropriate toy and handmade scarf and each staff member received an IMCU gift bag containing a turkey, all items needed for a green bean casserole, cookie mix, can corn, stuffing, corn bread mix and cranberry sauce. IMCU employees, board members and CEO, along with the credit union mascot, Cubbie, Indiana Pacers mascot, Boomer, Pacemates, Santa and Mrs. Claus, presented the students and staff with the toys, scarves and dinners in the gymnasium a class at a time.
“I am proud of the generosity displayed by our employees, and their willingness to help others, during this holiday season,” said Collier. “The intent was to bring holiday cheer to those at IPS School 44, but really, it was a gift to get to spend such quality time with the children, staff and administration at IPS 44.”
Indiana Members Credit Union, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, was founded in 1956 as the Indiana University Medical Center Federal Credit Union on the campus of IUPUI, and has since grown to 23 branches in Central Indiana, offering members a better financial alternative and a full array of products and services. Traditionally offering better rates on loans and deposits, IMCU maintains true to its roots by “Keeping It Simple” for members. For more information, please visit IMCU online at www.imcu.org.