SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – In Massachusetts, one in seven children is growing up in poverty. And with the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are facing increased challenges meeting even basic needs. That’s why Freedom Credit Union is proud to join other credit unions in the Commonwealth to once again support the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and its A Bed for Every Childprogram by participating in their 11th annual Gift of Warmth – Blanket, Clothing and Pajama Drive this February.
“There are a lot of comforts many of us take for granted: a soft bed, a warm blanket, cozy pajamas. Sadly, there are also people—many of them children—who go without,” said President Glenn Welch. “In past years, we have accepted donations of clothing and blankets, but to keep things simpler and safer during the pandemic, we are instead requesting that our members and the community make cash donations at any of our branches this month.”
Funds raised throughout the month will be used to purchase new blankets and warm clothing, including pajamas, for children in need throughout the region.
“Our members have always been generous when it comes to helping their neighbors in our community,” said Welch. “Every child deserves a good night’s sleep in a warm bed, so we are hoping to make a strong impact this year.”
About Freedom Credit Union
Originally chartered in 1922 as the Western Massachusetts Telephone Workers Credit Union and renamed in 2004, Freedom Credit Union is an 11-branch, full-service financial institution. Today, membership is available to anyone who lives, works or attends school in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin or Berkshire counties in Massachusetts, and Hartford or Tolland counties in Connecticut. Offering a complete range of banking services and loan products, Freedom Credit Union has conveniently located Massachusetts branches in Chicopee, Easthampton, Feeding Hills, Greenfield, Ludlow, Northampton, Turners Falls, West Springfield and three in Springfield, including the Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy branch. For more information, visit freedom.coop.
Freedom Credit Union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Shares and deposits in excess of NCUA limits are fully insured by the Massachusetts Credit Union Share Insurance Corporation (MSIC). Equal housing lender. NMLS #478769.