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Metro Credit Union Partners with The Salvation Army for Holiday Giving

December 26, 2018

This holiday season, Metro Credit Union employees partnered with The Salvation Army in support of their Angel Tree program.

The Salvation Army national holiday assistance program provides new clothes and toys for roughly 1 million children who otherwise may go without gifts. Donors select anonymous children (known as “Angels”) and fulfill their wish lists, which include a toy of the child’s choosing and sizes for essential winter clothes. The benefitting children are from families who are struggling financially and cannot afford the expense of the holidays. Locally, the Angel Tree program serves about 800 children from 350 families.

According to Captain Isael Gonzalez, Corps Commanding Officer for Chelsea and East Boston, Metro is now one of the largest group sponsors in the area. In 2018, Metro employees fulfilled holiday wish lists for 65 children in need. Additionally, Metro’s Melrose branch engaged in the giving spirit for the 21st consecutive year, donating gifts and clothing for an additional 30 local children. At the Melrose branch, both staff and members participated. This year’s donated gifts included craft sets, Legos, dolls, scooters, games, and much more.

“The holidays are a festive time at Metro, and we are so thrilled to see our employees engaging with a program that helps those in need experience the joy of the season. The continued generosity of our staff throughout the year is truly amazing. The Angel Tree program makes the holidays brighter for both the giver and receiver, and we thank The Salvation Army for their hard work to bring joy to so many in our community,” said Charlene Bauer, Chief Development Officer, SVP Outreach and Advocacy.

Metro Credit Union employees celebrating “Ugly Sweater Day” with the 65 gift packages for The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.

Image of Metro Credit Union and Salvation Army Holiday Giving

Metro employees loading gifts with Captain Isael Gonzalez, Salvation Army Corps Commanding Officer for Chelsea and East Boston.
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Metro Credit Union is the largest state-chartered credit union in Massachusetts, approaching $1.8 billion in assets. Metro provides a full range of financial products to more than 200,000 members in Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Plymouth, Barnstable, Bristol and Worcester counties in Massachusetts, and Rockingham and Hillsborough counties in New Hampshire, as well as to employees of over 1,200 companies through its Metro@work program.
Founded in 1926, Metro currently operates 15 branch offices in Boston, Burlington, Chelsea, Framingham, Lawrence, Lynn, Melrose, Newton, Peabody, Salem, and Tewksbury. Metro is also a Juntos Avanzamos (“Together We Advance”) designated credit union, an honor given to financial institutions for their commitment to serving and empowering Hispanic and immigrant consumers.
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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to salvationarmyusa.org.