Ironworkers USA FCU Raises $20,000 For Kids


Turns out Santa likes his pancakes — and Ironworkers do, too.

Pacific Northwest Ironworkers Local 29 Apprenticeship and Ironworkers USA Credit Union hosted the 34th annual Breakfast with Santa in December and are happy to report that they shattered their previous donation record. Members and contractors donated nearly $20,000 to fully fund this highly popular holiday event. The annual Breakfast with Santa event started during the tough economic times of the mid-1980s because Ironworkers Credit Union wanted to do something to make the season a little brighter for their families. Since then, the event has grown in both popularity and support to become an important part of holiday celebrations for the entire Ironworker community.

Each year, children have the chance to visit with Santa and take a photo to capture the moment. Every child under 10 also receives a special gift. A delicious breakfast, as well as a deluxe hot chocolate bar with all the fixings; including candy canes, marshmallows, and endless sprinkles, are  included.

“It’s an honor to be able to continue this tradition and see the outpouring of support for this event every year,” said Jason Fussell, JATC Apprenticeship Coordinator. “The highlight of my holiday season over the last decade is getting to see all the smiles on their faces when they get the chance to whisper in Santa’s ear what they want for Christmas and leave with a special, hand-picked gift. Breakfast with Santa embodies the key foundation of the Ironworkers brotherhood: coming together to support each other and treating each other like family.”

This event is 100% sponsored by generous donations from contractors and partners of Ironworkers Local 29 of Portland, and the credit union is deeply grateful for this support.

Posted in Member News.