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Michigan Credit Unions Make Big Deposit for Children

PHOTO: Michigan credit unions raised $100,000 in 2013 to support Children's Miracle Network hospitals throughout the state. Photo credit: Bryan Laviolette.
PHOTO: Michigan credit unions raised $100,000 in 2013 to support Children's Miracle Network hospitals throughout the state. Photo credit: Bryan Laviolette.
October 7, 2013

ROYAL OAK, Mich. - Credit unions aren't just places where you do your banking; they're also active supporters of charities, and a recent donation to Children's Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals demonstrates that. Representatives from credit unions across the state were on hand at Royal Oak's Beaumont Children's Hospital to hand over a $100,000 donation to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and to tour the facility. The money came from auctions, candy bar sales, dress-down days, golf outings, and other fundraisers.

According to Judi Desilets, public relations director for Ferndale-based Credit Union ONE, seeing first-hand the patients who benefit from the funds makes a big difference.

"You realize what other people go through on a daily basis and why it's so important for us to be able to do whatever we can so that we can all bring home healthy children," she said.

The donation will be divided equally among Michigan's four CMN hospitals: Beaumont Children's Hospital; Hurley Children's Hospital in Flint; Sparrow Hospital in Lansing; and DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Children's Miracle Network hospitals treat all patients, regardless of their ability to pay, and Desilets said that because credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives, the CMN philosophy aligns well with the credit union motto of "People helping people."

"We just feel that children are so important to all of us and it's important for us to be able to work together - all of the credit unions - to be able to support this worthwhile effort," she said.

Nationwide, credit unions are the third-largest supporters of the Children's Miracle Network through the "Credit Unions for Kids" program.

More information on Credit Unions for Kids is at CU4Kids.org.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI