Seattle Area Credit Unions Contribute $200K to Seattle Children’s Hospital

Credit Unions for Kids continues the work of benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. At a recent event, Seattle area credit unions came through again.

SEATAC, WA– Continuing a rich tradition of fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals and their patients, Seattle area credit unions made a special visit to Seattle Children’s Hospital on Thursday, February 2.  They will bring $205,000 in cash contributions, a red flyer wagon stuffed with toys and books, and care packages for hospital patients’ families. The collaboration carries out the work of “Credit Unions for Kids,” which was founded in the Northwest in 1986 and became the national credit union movement’s “charity of choice” in 1996.

The wagon and $80,000 in cash contributions resulted from the Northwest Credit Union Association’s (NWCUA) “Hollywood Glamour” auction held in SeaTac in October. At the same event, young credit union professionals assembled the care packages for patients’ families.

“Sometimes under unexpected and always stressful circumstances, these families bring a child to the hospital and might have to spend an unplanned night at their child’s side,” said Carmen Vigil, NWCUA community manager. “These packages include toiletries and other thoughtful items that can provide a little bit of comfort at a difficult time.” Vigil said the care packages were made possible by a Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF) grant.

To date, Seattle area credit unions have donated over $1.1 million to Seattle Children’s Hospital, through Credit Unions for Kids. They’ve committed $1 million over the next 4.5 years to fund “uncompensated care” costs not covered by insurance plans.

At the February 2 event, Seattle Children’s Hospital  also accepted a check from First Tech Federal Credit Union for $125,000 – money raised last summer at the “Dave & Dan Classic.” Named for NFL Hall of Famers Dave Wilcox and Dan Fouts, the annual event also benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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