Each year, Navy Federal Credit Union gets into the holiday spirit by helping give back in the communities where we serve. While our members and employees are involved in many great programs around the globe, here are a few highlights we wanted to share!
Toys for Tots
Together, Navy Federal members and employees donated more than 14,000 toys to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Foundation this holiday season!
Michael Tutsock has been overseeing the Toys for Tots drive for 17 years at our Vienna, Virginia headquarters. “It’s an honor to be able to support the communities we serve,” said Tutsock, storage supervisor. “By partnering with our members, we’re able to make this holiday season special for children across the U.S.”
The gifts will be distributed to less fortunate children in more than 700 communities nationwide. We’re proud to be an annual corporate sponsor and grateful for our members’ support in spreading cheer!
While toys are top of mind for tots this season, the holidays aren’t complete without a family meal. Teaming up with Operation Homefront, Navy Federal was able to help provide holiday meal kits to thousands of families through Operation Homefront’s Holiday Meals for Military events.
The holiday meal kits included everything needed for a holiday dinner, including a turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, vegetables, plus additional food for a holiday breakfast.
It was a nationwide effort with dozens of our U.S. branches – including Hawaii – getting in the holiday spirit and giving back to families who serve.
Adopt a Senior
In Pensacola, Navy Federal employees teamed up with the local Council on Aging group to provide more than 1500 gifts as part of their “Adopt a Senior” program. Items ranging from blankets to microwaves, vacuums, toiletries, towels and gloves were delivered to needy senior citizens in the Pensacola community.
Adopt a Family
In addition to adopting area seniors this holiday season, Navy Federal employees in Pensacola supported the “Adopt a Family” program through the Escambia County School District. Leaders at each of the county’s public schools identified families that needed and deserved extra help this holiday season. The chosen families filled out a questionnaire explaining their needs. 68 teams of Navy Federal employees selected one family each to help assist. Team members then went shopping, buying everything from bicycles to toys, and even clothes, for their selected families. The teams then personally wrapped and delivered the gifts to their adopted family.
Capital Area Food Bank
Navy Federal’s Corporate Accounting and AFP/Cost Accounting department also embraced the spirit of giving this holiday season – with a team building twist. The departments came together for a friendly food drive competition to support the Capital Area Food Bank, to help take hunger off the map! Over 75 employees were split into five teams to see who could gather the most cans for donation in a course of just two weeks. The competition was built on teamwork and strategy. Each team developed and executed their individual plans to outsmart, outwit and outplay each other. This drive accomplished great things by encouraging team collaboration and strengthening team bonds, while fulfilling social responsibility and helping the less fortunate.
This competition brought overwhelming generosity in a fun and exciting way. Collectively team members contributed over 3,300 cans of food to give back to the community. The food will be used as part of the Capital Area Food Bank’s mission to aid 540,000 people in DC, Maryland and Virginia. This support will help the organization to provide food assistance to individuals in need.
Holiday Stockings for Recruits
‘Tis the season to head home for the holidays, but for servicemembers who can’t be with their families this year, Navy Federal’s Cherry Hill branch partnered with the Jersey Cape Military Spouses’ Club to spread some holiday cheer!
Employees helped stuff more than 400 holiday stockings for recruits at the Coast Guard Station in Cape May, New Jersey. The stockings are filled with small gifts, along with letters from their families and area students.
“We’re proud to be part of this annual event to support recruits in our community,” said Peter Forcinito, Cherry Hill branch manager. “The treats and heartwarming letters bring smiles to recruits’ faces.”