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Zeal Credit Union Tops Donation Goal of Backpacks and School Supplies

Zeal backpack deliveryAs students head back to school, Zeal Credit Union set a goal to collect 75 backpacks stuffed with grade-specific supplies to support Volunteers of America Michigan’s Operation Backpack program.

“Sticking true to our pillars as a credit union that lives with character, feels with empathy and acts with passion, we wanted to ensure homeless and at-risk children in Michigan enjoy a great start to the school year,” said Tiffany Sweet, youth and community development coordinator for Zeal. “Thanks to generous members, staff and community partners, we exceeded our goal.”

Sweet and marketing team members delivered 80 fully-stuffed backpacks, each containing up to 40 items depending on grade level. The backpacks are being distributed through the local interdisciplinary school district’s homeless student programs.

Among the school supplies included were binders, notebooks, crayons, pencils, markers, staplers, crayons, calculators, USB flash drives, tissues, hand sanitizers and more. Along with the stuffed backpacks, the credit union delivered three unstuffed backpacks and dozens of miscellaneous supplies.

Sweet recognized community partners for their generous monetary donations that allowed Zeal to exceed its goal, including Westland Shopping Center, CUNA Mutual, American Speedy Printing in Livonia and Team Facilities, Inc.

“We are so grateful for Zeal Credit Union and the community members that helped make their drive a success. Operation Backpack works to help alleviate the extra burden that homeless students carry. They already have to worry about where they might sleep tonight or when they will find their next meal,” said Laura LeBlanc, who accepted the donations on behalf of the Volunteers of America Michigan. “Our goal is to make sure that their circumstances won’t follow into the classroom and their ability to succeed. Because of Zeal’s donation, more than 80 students will be able to be able to walk into school prepared on day one and that is simply inspiring.”

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2018-08-31 00:00:00