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KCCU Donates $2,500 and Essential Items to Assist Homeless Communities

kccuWhen Kellogg Community Credit Union (KCCU) became aware that local homeless shelters were having difficulty keeping up with the demand of those who are experiencing homelessness in our communities, the credit union decided to help by hosting an Essential Goods Drive. KCCU reached out to members, employees and communities for donations of basic necessities .

KCCU collected toiletries, personal hygiene items, new socks, underwear, t-shirts, towels and other basic essential items. Everything collected will be distributed to those in need through their shelter partners: Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries, Battle Creek Homeless Shelter, Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids and Three River’s Domestic and Sexual Assault Services. Through the generosity of their members, team and community, KCCU was able to provide carloads of much needed supplies to our shelter partners. In addition, KCCU pledged $500 to each of these organizations for a total of $2,500 to be used for other immediate needs of each shelter.

“KCCU is proud to support our local shelters, that not only provide critical help to those facing homelessness, but also bring hope to the individuals and families utilizing their services,” said KCCU CEO Tracy Miller. “I am proud of the heart-warming generosity of our members, team, and community. Together, we have truly made a difference in the lives of those in need.”

“The help of businesses like Kellogg Community Credit Union is vital in supporting those in our community who are working towards a fresh start,” stated Lynn Russcher, VP of Advancement at Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries. “As a ministry, we know we cannot do this without the support of generous individuals who have a heart to help. The adage … we are better together, really is truth. We are grateful to Kellogg Community Credit Union for their support.”

“Moving the needle on homelessness is a community effort, and we are grateful to have partners like Kellogg Community Credit Union who are committed to making a difference. Their donation of essential hygiene items and financial support will be put to good use right away to provide compassionate care to individuals experiencing hunger and homelessness,” said Dennis Van Kampen, President/CEO of Mel Trotter Ministries.

"We value our partnership with KCCU and its efforts in support of our community. We all share the responsibility to help our most vulnerable population," stated Kevin Patrick, Director of the Battle Creek Homeless Shelter.

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