Enrichment taking glove donations

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Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Roane County branch is embarking on the fifth year of its Gloves of Love campaign.  

Staff members at the branch office in Kingston are collecting gloves, hats and scarves for school children in Roane County.

“Many children arrive at school without warm coverings for their heads and hands, and the credit union is making it their mission to keep the children warm during the cold months of the year,” said Becky Woody, Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Roane County branch manager.

The credit union started the Gloves of Love program in 2009.

This year’s drive will take place through Dec. 13.

Monetary donations are also accepted from those who don’t have time to shop but want to give to the campaign. Staff members will use the donated funds to purchase the needed items.

“The community can work together to make sure the local school children are protected from the cold and wind of wintertime,” Woody said. “Just one hat or pair of gloves that can benefit a child is priceless when it helps keep that child warm.”

Enrichment will present the items collected to six Roane County elementary schools and the Weekend Backpack program.

The items will be distributed to the children before they leave school for the holiday break.

“If children’s heads and hands are not properly covered when they are outdoors, they have a greater chance of getting sick and missing school,” Woody said. “We want to do our part to help the children stay warm and healthy as we go into the holiday season.”

More than 5,000 items have been collected over the past four years, Woody explained. This year’s goal is to collect more than 2,000 items.

“The items collected by the credit union will last far beyond the holiday season and make a lasting difference for a child,” Woody said.

After receiving massive community support in the inaugural year of the campaign, Enrichment staffers decided to make Gloves of Love an annual event.

“When Gloves of Love began, branch employees wore shirts with the following saying on the back: ‘To the world you may be one person ... but to one person, you may be the world.’  That seems to sum up the entire idea behind the Gloves of Love program.”

She added, “If you can just provide one item that will help a child, you may keep that child from getting sick and missing school, which will keep them from falling behind in their classes.

“You may not think it is much, but it will make more of a difference then you will know.”

Donations may be dropped off at Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s

Roane County branch at 1009 Bradford Way, Kingston.
Call 376-3451 for more details.

Enrichment Federal Credit Union, based in Oak Ridge, is one of the largest credit unions in Tennessee.

It has more than 40,200 members, eight area offices and assets of more than $382 million.