Holiday Giving Program - Together WE Made a Difference!

January 1, 2017

The Holiday Giving Program raised over $34,000 to provide winter clothes and toys for more than 400 children in Centra communities!  We were delighted to work with a number of local organizations that provide assistance to children and families during the holidays.  Our partners have a registration process to make sure that eligible families receive the assistance they need. 

The Salvation Army (TSA)

We partner with the local Salvation Army Corp in most communities.  Each Corp manages an Angel Tree program where individuals can adopt a child’s Angel Tag from a Salvation Army tree.  Generally individuals shop for requested gifts and wrap and return them to The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army - Columbus Corp – Grant Award - $5,570   Children receiving gifts – 55

Captains Alan and Jodie Sladek are assigned to the Columbus Corp which serves Bartholomew County. The TSA Columbus Corp Angel Tree program provides gifts to approximately 400 children each year. 

On behalf of My wife Jodi and myself we cannot thank the foundation, employees of Centra Credit Union and Centra members enough for your help and support of The Salvation Army Angel tree program. Your gifts had an amazing impact on the Columbus community this past year!

The Salvation Army New Albany Corp - Grant Award - $9,125   Children receiving gifts – 91

The New Albany Corp provides service to Clark, Crawford, Harrison, Floyd, Scott, and Washington Counties in Southern Indiana.   In 2016 the Angel Tree Program provided gifts to over 3,000 children.  The New Albany Corps works closely with a number of community partners including local fire departments and the Toys for Tots program.  

Shelby County - Grant Award - $1,807  Children receiving gifts – 36

We partner with The Salvation Army – Shelbyville Corp Community Center. In 2016 gifts were purchased for 36 teenagers.   Teenagers are the hardest age group to be adopted through the traditional Angel Tree program.

Jefferson County – Grant Award $2,222   Children receiving gifts – 55

The foundation partners with The Salvation Army – Madison Corp.  Holiday Giving Program donations are used to purchase clothes and toys for children who are not adopted from the traditional Angel Tree.

Marion County/Indianapolis – Grant Award - $608  Children receiving gifts – 12

Centra’s two Indianapolis branches support The Salvation Army Indianapolis’ Angel Tree program.

Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)

Seymour/Jackson County FOP Donald Winn Lodge Grant Award - $4,535   Children receiving gifts – 36

We have partnered with the FOP Cops & Kids program in Jackson County for four years.  Centra members provide wonderful support for the Holiday Giving Program.  The program has grown each year.   In 2013 we provided gifts for 18 children of the 50 children registered for the program.   This year 107 children shopped with a cop.

Bartholomew County FOP Lodge # 89 Grant Award - $5,570   Children receiving gifts – 37

Due to a loss of funding from another source we added the FOP as a partner in 2015 and divided monies raised between the Shop with a Cop program and TSA.  It was fun being a part of the shopping trip to Wal-mart. 

Greensburg/Decatur County FOP Lodge #104 Grant Award - $2,113   Children receiving gifts – 14

Our new partner for 2016.  We provided Christmas gifts for 14 children registered with the Shop with a Cop program.

Good Samaritan Food Pantry - Grant Award - $4,293   Children receiving gifts – 73

We partnered directly with the Good Samaritan Food Pantry to provide gifts for Jennings County children.  Good Samaritan volunteers took care of buying winter clothes and toys.  

 

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