East Idaho Credit Union Raises Nearly $50,000 for Local Children
Kicks for Kids aims to raise enough funds to provide more than 2,000 pairs of shoes for children this year.
East Idaho Credit Union recently raised $49,560 for its charitable program in an annual Kicks for Kids Golf Tournament hosted in Idaho Falls.
The third annual Kicks for Kids Golf Tournament was held on June 24 at the Idaho Falls Country Club. Nearly 130 golfers enjoyed 18 holes, lunch, and a raffle that included autographed sports memorabilia, TVs, kayaks, and staycations.
All funds raised will go directly to the purchase of shoes. For more than 20 years East Idaho Credit Union has been providing shoes to kids, receiving referrals from school counselors and local social workers. In addition to the golf tournament, EICU places empty water jugs in area schools between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year, asking children to bring their spare change from home to help purchase shoes.
“This program, Kicks for Kids, provides needed shoes to local kids whose family can’t afford them,” said EICU President and CEO, Dan Thurman. “This is the most money we’ve raised so far. It’s great to have this kind of support from our community and credit union industry to help us make a positive impact on our community.”
In 2018, Kicks for Kids purchased 1,500 pairs of shoes for children in need in the region. This year, the program is set to exceed more than 2,000 as the program continues to grow.
“For some kids, it’s the first new pair of shoes they’ve ever had,” said Bailey Foster, East Idaho Credit Union’s community relations coordinator. “It’s heart-warming to know we can make a difference.”
Earlier this year the Credit Union National Association awarded the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award to East Idaho Credit Union for making a community impact in their Kicks for Kids program. The program was also recognized last year for its excellence at the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Awards Gala, held at the MAXX Annual Convention in Tacoma.