A group of Kansas credit unions wanted to live up to the credit union philosophy of "people helping people.” Today, in seven locations across Kansas, eleven Kansas credit unions surprised consumers with gift cards, cash, free coffee or a free lunch. It’s part of the Kansas Credit Union Association’s Make a Difference campaign.
Communities and locations:
Emporia - Emporia State Federal Credit Union (Granada Coffee Company, Java Cat Coffeehouse, Amanda’s Bakery, Commercial Street Diner: 7:45 a.m.)
Ness City - United Credit Union (Cuppa Joe’s: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Norton - United Northwest Federal Credit Union (White Fields Coffee House: 7 a.m.)
Kansas City, KS - Mainstreet Credit Union, Reliance Credit Union (Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Merriam: 6:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.)
Topeka - Quest Credit Union, New Century Credit Union (Classic Bean, downtown: 11 a.m.)
Wichita - EquiShare Credit Union, Mid American Credit Union, Wichita Federal Credit Union (Mead’s Corner: 9:30 a.m.)
"It’s the simple gestures that mean the most,” said Susan Dyer, Communications Director for the Kansas Credit Union Association. "We wanted to brighten the day of Kansas residents, and we hope they will pass it on and do something nice for someone else.”
Each location had $1000 to use in the form of cash or gift cards. Depending on the location, people were surprised with a gift card, cash or a free purchase of coffee or lunch
Representatives from eleven credit unions throughout the state volunteered for the event.
"This is the perfect way for credit unions to illustrate the philosophy of ‘people helping people’, said Dyer. "It’s why credit unions exist…to serve their members. And it’s a way for credit unions to show they are dedicated to serving their communities.”
This is the second in a series of events. The first event was a gas giveaway, held in October 2012. The third event will be in October 2013, during International Credit Union Week.