News & Notes: Here’s What’s Happening Around the Northwest

NW Priority Donates Santa-Sized Haul of Toys and Bikes

NW Priority Credit Union collected thousands of dollars of toys and bikes to donate during their annual toy drive. Last week they hand-delivered over $1,500 worth of gifts to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

They also donated a “sleigh-full” of toys and bikes to the American Legion, military families in their community, and to foster children in Southeast Portland.

Though not a large credit union, NW Priority is known for its outsize generosity and community impact.

Kitsap Chapter Celebrates Emergency Room Doctors and Nurses

We often think of the trauma suffered by patients who end up in the emergency room. But what about the doctors and nurses who care for them? The Kitsap County Chapter of Credit Unions decided to show them some of the appreciation they deserve.

Citing a recent article about the toll of the life-and-death responsibilities ER personnel take on, the Kitsap Chapter devoted their recent Philosophy in Action meeting to celebrating these brave women and men.

The article shows how nurses and doctors confront injury, illness, and death on a daily basis. Often they have to report to a person’s loved ones that the person will not make it, or is already dead.

All of this, according to the article, has a profound impact and can leave ER workers with PTSD—not unlike our veterans returning from war.

The Kitsap Chapter raised awareness about the sacrifice these brave women and men make every day, and celebrated their lifesaving work and contribution to the community.

Gesa Credit Union Supports Culinary Center in Providing Meals for Homeless Teens

With support from Gesa Credit Union, Tri-Tech Skills Center culinary students used their skills to bring comfort to homeless teens this holiday season. They created meals for My Friend’s Place in Kennewick, a shelter for teens who otherwise have no place to sleep.

Eight teams of students created main dishes and desserts, which were delivered to the shelter on December 18. The prepared meals will be enjoyed throughout the Christmas holiday.

Gesa Credit Union generously covered all the expenses of preparing the meals.

Mid Oregon Rolls Out the Dough for the Holidays

Mid Oregon Credit Union is bringing joy to lots of people with its Holiday Dough Fund. A total of $1,174.68 has been distributed to community organizations that help adults and children during the holiday season with food, toys, and other needed things.

The credit union is grateful to its community for helping make such generosity possible. Communities impacted include:

  • Bend and Olney – $183.15
  • Redmond – $181.53
  • Prineville – $505.00
  • Madras – $205.20
  • La Pine – $100.00

Christmas Dinner is on the House, Thanks to Wauna

Wauna Credit Union is inviting all community members to join for a free Christmas dinner on December 23. Santa Clause will be on hand to take children’s last-minute wishes, and limited free transportation is available.

The dinner will take place at Rainier United Methodist Church in Rainier, Oregon on December 23 from 3-7 p.m. More details are available on this event page.

Questions about this story? Contact James Pearson: 206.340.4790,

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