We’ve decided that a history and love of our communities, coupled with our passion for helping others, deserves something a bit more. This past December, each and every staff member of Wauna Credit Union was allotted $50 to give back as they saw fit. Staff united to give back over $2,500 in random acts of kindness and charitable giving.
WCU employees were found buying groceries for a person at the supermarket and donating to a local charity. But no matter where or how we give, it won’t always be about random acts of kindness. Because while we are giving back to these communities, we also belong to these communities.
One Wauna employee, Kailynn, used her power of giving to help a family at a local grocery store.
“I purchased a $50 Safeway gift card and was carrying it in my wallet for a few days until I got the chance to give it away,” she said. “While picking up some groceries after work I saw a man and his two small children doing the same. We crossed paths a few times in the store and each time all three of them were smiling, chatting, and just seemed to be enjoying their time even though they were only at the grocery store. I approached him and let him know I work for Wauna and we would like to help him with his grocery bill. He was confused at first thinking there was a catch, but after I explained to him what we were doing and why we are giving back to the members of our community he opened up to me. He let me know that he only gets to see his children every other weekend and with the limited time he has with them he always tries to make it memorable and fun for them, on his tight budget. He was so thankful and let me know that he would be taking his little ones on a movie date with the money that he would have spent on groceries.”
Giving back generates purpose, meaning, and positive reinforcement. Our communities have given us so much over the years, and we make a living off of what we get. But as Winston Churchill said, “We make a life by what we give.”
Throughout the holiday seasons, keep an eye out for The Power of Giving, as Wauna CU’s force of do-gooders covers our communities, making people’s days brighter, and returning some of the love that all of you have brought to us.