Letter: Public support helped improve kids’ lives

To the editor:

On behalf of Centra Foundation, I would like to thank Centra Credit Union members and friends for supporting the Holiday Giving Program.

The Holiday Giving Program at Centra’s Seymour branch supported the Fraternal Order of Police Cops and Kids program.

Donations made at the branch totaled $2,735, which meant that 27 less-fortunate children were able to shop with a police officer for much-needed winter clothes and toys.

The program was designed as an alternative means to support the Cops and Kids program. People are often busy during the holiday season or feel they aren’t able to afford a donation.

We welcomed monetary gifts of all sizes to the program. Gifts were pooled, and each time they totaled $100 it meant one more child could participate in the Cops and Kids program. All gifts were important and made a difference if the life of a child. As one Centra member remarked, “It’s all about the kids.”

This was the second year of our partnership with the FOP. We commend Jackson County law enforcement officers for their dedication to the community.

The Cops and Kids program is a wonderful way for children to spend quality time with a police officer and get to know them in friendly environment.

Centra Foundation and Centra employees take pride in helping to make this opportunity available for more children each year. The FOP was generally able to help 30 families each year.

During the first year of our partnership, 50 children were able to participate. This year 60 children benefited from the program.

Centra Foundation is the charitable arm of Centra Credit Union and was formed to extend the Credit Union’s mission of People Helping People.

Centra Foundation is Centered on Caring and aims to involve Centra members and friends in supporting charitable efforts that help meet the needs of communities where Centra members work and live.

Thank you to everyone who joined with us in the Holiday Giving Program. We believe that together we make a difference.

Lyn Morgan,

president of the Centra Foundation