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Extra Credit Union Members and Staff Raise $1,120 for Homeless Students

There are 1,150 homeless students registered in Macomb County, and Michigan’s recent string of cold-temperature days can be life threatening.

Luckily, these students have the help of the Macomb Intermediate School District’s (MISD) Homeless Education Project to provide them and their families with community resources, as well as personal care items and even food.

And this year, because of the great support Extra Credit Union received from its staff and credit union members, the financial institution was able to donate $1,120 to the MISD Homeless Education Project, in addition to 708 personal care items including hats, gloves, scarves, socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and others.

The project assists parents and their families who are temporarily between homes by providing them with useful daily items and necessities, as well as plugging them in to community resources where they can obtain additional assistance.

“The donations of money, hygiene items, socks, hats and gloves are used to support the stability of students that are homeless in Macomb County. Although their living situations may be turbulent, the students know that school is a safe, supportive and consistent place for them,” said Mary Lebioda, MISD’s School Health and Related Services Consultant and liaison with the project. “With an average of 1,600 homeless students per year over the past few years, the needs for items from the community is huge! The support from businesses, churches and other community groups is greatly appreciated, and goes directly to the students.”

Last school year ended with a total of 1,296 homeless students in the county and the 2016-17 school year ended with 1,594 registered homeless students. This is the eighth “Mittens for Kids” drive the credit union has hosted to benefit the project.

Deidra Williams, president and CEO of Extra Credit Union, is very pleased with the credit union’s efforts to help these homeless students and their families year after year—an effort that also supports the credit union’s legacy of having been started by a group of local teachers 65 years ago.

“As we wrap our blankets tighter around us on these cold winter nights, we’re reminded of those that don’t have any and our hearts go out to them. It is our hope that one day these collections won’t be needed, that everyone will have a warm place to call home. But until then, I’m glad to have a staff and membership who band together time and time again to help others,” Williams said. “We are fortunate to have a staff and membership who have huge, warm hearts. They care about others in our community and they show it — I’m proud to be a part of such a loving family.”

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