DCECU members, employees turn fundraiser into community blessing via donation of plush animals to Mi
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DCECU members, employees turn fundraiser into community blessing via donation of plush animals to Midland PD
MIDLAND, MICHIGAN, JANUARY 20, 2020 – A recent fundraiser at Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union (dcecu.org) resulted in the donation of more than 125 plush toys to the Midland Police Department to provide comfort to children during traumatic incidents.
Over the holidays, DCECU sold stuffed animals for a $10 donation to support the Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates (MCUL) state PAC, a political action committee that supports credit-union-friendly candidates for the Michigan Legislature. The plush toys were offered for personal gift-giving for the holidays, or members could choose to donate them to the Midland Police Department.
MPD Community Relations Officer Paul McDonald said the department was excited to partner with DCECU to collect the toys, which will be included in the child trauma toolkits that MPD keeps in all of its vehicles.
“Whenever we encounter a young child in a frightening situation, such as a car accident, we provide them with a comfort item, like a blanket or stuffed animal,” McDonald said. “Items in these toolkits also help kids understand that the police are friendly and there to help.”
DCECU Accountant Alison Lutren was especially pleased that the fundraiser had multiple benefits, both to the local community and to the statewide credit union community.
“Sales of these soft, cuddly plush animals not only provided easy gifts for that special child, but more importantly will comfort a child during an emotional or traumatic event,” she said. “DCECU members and staff were incredibly generous during this fundraiser for the MCUL PAC; the plush animals were a big hit, selling out in just 12 days. DCECU and the Midland Police Department are incredibly thankful for this thoughtful act of community kindness, which will surely go on to bring a touch of comfort to local children in their time of need.”
About Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union
Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union is a cooperative, not-for-profit financial institution that is owned by its members and dedicated to providing them with smart, affordable banking solutions. Located in Midland, Michigan, DCECU has $1.76 billion in assets and nearly 69,000 members and has been recognized multiple times by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) for top performance in saving members money. Membership is open to employees and retirees of more than 70 Select Employer Group companies, as well as to their family members. For more information, visit dcecu.org or call 989.835.7794 or 800.835.7794.
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