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Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Roane County Branch finished its biggest Gloves of Love campaign ever over the holiday season.
In the campaign, the public donates new gloves, hats and scarves for area school children.
“This is the largest donation we have been able to give the schools,” said Becky Woody, Enrichment Roane County Branch manager. “We collected 1,600 items this year.”
The credit union started the Gloves of Love campaign in 2009 to collect knit winterwear for area students.
“This year was the fifth year of the community project, and the support was amazing,” Woody said.
“The community worked together this year, to make sure the local school children are protected from the cold and wind of wintertime,” she added.
“Donations came in from all across the county.”
Enrichment personnel began the drive to ensure that children are able to go to school with warm coverings for their heads and hands.
Woody said credit union staff members are making it their mission to keep children warm during the cold winter months.
“We want to do our part to help the children stay warm and healthy as we go into the holiday season,” she said.
“Without the support of our members and the community, we would never be able to help so many children.”
The Roane County Branch staff presented the collected items to principals of six Roane County schools so the gloves, scarves and hats could be distributed before the children left school for the holidays.
An additional tub of hats and gloves was given to Roane County Schools Family Resource Center to be added to the items sent home in Second Harvest Food Bank’s Backpack Program.
Woody said the principals were thrilled with the amount of warm items they were able to take to their schools.
“The children who receive these items are so excited and appreciative,” said Kingston Elementary Principal Shelia Sitzler.
“It is wonderful to see so much love and support from our community,” Sitzler added.
“We are so lucky that our community is always so generous when it comes to helping our children.”
The items collected by the credit union will last far beyond the holiday season and make a lasting difference for a child, Woody said.
That’s why the credit union made Gloves of Love an annual event and is calling on everyone in 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 one of the largest credit unions in Tennessee.
Enrichment, based in Oak Ridge, boasts more than 40,000 members, eight area offices and assets in excess of $390 million.
The credit union has had a branch in Roane County since 1978.
The present office is at 1009 Bradford Way, Kingston.