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Extra Credit Union Raises $1,305 for Local Homeless Students

Extra Credit Union recently donated $1,305 to the Macomb Intermediate School District’s (MISD) Homeless Education Project. The project serves the 1,181 registered homeless students in Macomb County, providing students and their families with community resources, personal care items and even food.

Thanks to contributions to Extra Credit Union’s Mittens for Kids drive from members and staff, the credit union was able to donate money as well as 664 personal care items including hats, gloves, scarves, socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and more.

The MISD Homeless Education Project assists students and families while they are temporarily between homes by providing them with necessities like personal care items and food, and directs them to community resources where they can obtain additional assistance if needed.

“The MISD supports school stability by providing each student with a backpack, school supplies, socks, hats, gloves and hygiene items,” said Mary Lebioda, MISD’s liaison to the project. “The very generous donation from Extra Credit Union supports the MISD’s goal of educational stability for all homeless students.”

Last school year ended with a total of 1,597 homeless students in the county — a number which is expected to be met or exceeded this year. There were 38,866 homeless youth in Michigan last school year, according to the Michigan Department of Education.

This is the seventh annual Mittens for Kids drive the credit union has hosted to benefit the project. Each year, donations greatly increase.

“It is so heartwarming to see the continued support of our members and staff as they bring in items or make a monetary donation to help the homeless students right in our local area,” said Deidra Williams, Extra Credit Union’s president and CEO. “Supporting educational initiatives is our passion. We are fortunate to have a family with big hearts, who do all they can to help those in the community who need it most.”

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2018-02-16 00:00:00