Seattle Children’s Hospital Receives $64,000 Donation from Credit Unions for Kids, Toy Donation From Seattle-Area Credit Unions

At first glance, the special visit by two Seattle-Tacoma area credit unions was visually remarkable, with two red wagons bursting with toys rolling through the halls of the 323-bed Seattle Children’s Hospital. The gifts were bound for children dealing with conditions ranging from asthma and anxiety to seizures and sleep apnea. But there was more to the scene than hula hoops and toy dump trucks.

Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union and Lakewood, Washington-based Harborstone Credit Union also came to donate a check for $64,284.90 on behalf of Credit Unions for Kids, a now-national charity originally founded by Northwest credit unions.

“Credit unions are built on the communities we serve,” said Richard Romero, CEO of Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union. “To be able to give these kids a bit of comfort, fun or diversion in a time of need is a great, simple reward.”

The monetary donations were made possible by the Northwest Credit Union Association Annual Convention auction. The 2015 version—a roaring 20’s auction—was a collaborative effort, in a fashion true to the credit union movement, with a majority of member credit unions participating via sponsorship, item donation or attendance and bidding on items. All told, the 2015 event raised $241,000.

Community Service Decades in the Making

2016 marks three decades since Credit Unions for Kids was founded by Northwest Credit Unions, and two decades since the movement became national. To date, the nation’s credit unions have raised more than $150 million for the 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

In the last decade alone, Seattle-Tacoma area credit unions have contributed approximately $1 million specifically to Seattle Children’s Hospital. In just the last few months, Northwest credit unions have made similar contributions around the region, including:

  • Rogue Credit Union & Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union, $24,389.91, December 29, 2015, to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center;
  • Yakima Valley credit unions, $29,264.90, January 12 to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital;
  • Eugene area credit unions, $27,978.90, January 27 to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center;
  • Portland area credit unions, $67,684.90, February 3, to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital; and
  • Spokane area credit unions, $28,534.90, February 9, to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.

Planning is underway for the 2016 Convention and, with it, the next Credit Union for Kids Auction, with your Association staff seeking to continue to build on momentum from last year.

“The legacy created by Credit Unions for Kids is a testament to the members behind it and is a major point of pride for our Association,” said Carmen Vigil, Northwest Credit Union Association Community Manager. “We are hopeful that this year’s auction will help our members build on that success, both across the region and with each child the program reaches.”

Vigil added that sponsorship opportunities are available and donations for both live and silent auctions are being accepted. Those interested in contributing in these ways, or through volunteering time the night of the event, are encouraged to do so.

Questions about this story? Contact Eric Horvath: 503.350.2222, ehorvath@nwcua.org.

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