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Gloves of Love keep kids warm

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Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Roane County branch collected gloves, hats and scarves for school children in Roane County.

“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,” said Becky Woody, manager of Enrichment’s Roane County branch.

“We want to do our part to help the children stay warm and healthy as we go into the holiday season.”  

Many children go to 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.

Enrichment started the Gloves of Love program in 2009 to collect new children’s gloves, hats and scarves.

This year’s drive was Nov. 15-Dec. 9, and the community worked together to make sure children are protected from the cold and wind of wintertime.  Donations came in from all across the county.

The women of Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, knitted and crocheted more than 90 hats and scarves.

Kingston Dollar General Store manager Doree Noland saved gloves left from last year and collected change from customers to purchase additional gloves, and Janice Harrison of A-Lot-Less in Kingston donated a tub of gloves for the project.  

The credit union presented the items on Dec. 14 to administrators of eight Roane County Schools.

The items were then distributed by the schools before the children left for the holidays.  

An additional tub of 150 gloves was given to Roane County Schools Family Resource to be added to the items sent home in the Backpack Program.  

Enrichment is making Gloves of Love an annual event and is calling on the community to make it a success and help as many children as possible.  

Enrichment Federal Credit Union, formerly K-25 Federal Credit Union, is based in Oak Ridge.

It is one of the largest credit unions in Tennessee with more than 38,000 members, eight area offices throughout East Tennessee and assets of more than $314 million.

The Roane County branch has been open since 1978.