Secret Santa donates more than 2,000 items for local Veterans

BANNOCKBURN, IL (December 23, 2017) — Just in time for Christmas, Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU) and its members came together as Secret Santa for local Veterans. Donations were collected at each of GLCU’s branches, where members and GLCU employees contributed more than 2,000 items, including food, toiletries, warm clothing, and cleaning supplies. All donations were presented to the Midwest Veterans Closet in North Chicago and the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton on December 18 and December 19, 2017.

“It was incredible to see such a large response. It really shows how much our members care about Veterans and our community. I am so grateful I was part of this awesome initiative!” – Teresa Qualls, GLCU’s Antioch Branch Manager.

The Midwest Veterans Closet is a not-for-profit rapid response charity that is impacting veterans’ lives by providing clothing, household items, shoes and boots, linens, and food. To learn more, please visit

The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans’ mission is to provide veterans and their families with housing and supportive services that lead to self-sufficiency. To learn more, please visit

Visit GLCU’s Blog to learn about other charitable initiatives,

Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU) Antioch Branch Senior Teller, Donna Koczorowski; Financial Service Advisor, Linda Guilbeau; Teller, Cindy Sanchez; Branch Manager, Teresa Qualls; and GLCU Community Development Specialist, Marcell Kirkmanbey with donations for the Midwest Veterans Closet and the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans on December 19, 2017.

About Great Lakes Credit Union

Founded in 1938 and headquartered in Northern Illinois, GLCU is committed to financial empowerment for you. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative with over $1 billion in assets, GLCU is proud to serve more than 80,000 members in the Chicagoland and surrounding areas. Learn more about GLCU’s accounts, educational initiatives and community development programs at


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