Georgia United Foundation Grants 1,445 Wishes to Children in Foster Care

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The holidays were brighter for children in foster care thanks to the generous donations made to Georgia United Foundation’s 30th annual Wish Tree program.

Georgia United Credit Union Foundation's 30th annual Wish Tree program grants wishes to children in the foster care system.

Participating in this cause helps strengthen our communities and brings us such joy this holiday season,” shared Georgia United Credit Union Business Development Officer, Liz Riffert.

The holidays were brighter for children in foster care thanks to the generous donations made to Georgia United Foundation’s 30th annual Wish Tree program.

Wish Tree provides gifts to children in Georgia’s foster care system through donations made by members and community partners. This year, 1,445 wishes were granted to deserving children in 10 counties.

The ongoing challenges of COVID-19 inspired the Foundation to offer a new virtual donation option so the community could participate from the comfort of their home. Donors were able to select the charity location and the requested gifts from online shopping lists.

Donations were shipped directly to the area branch location and the local Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and other similar charitable organizations delivered the gifts in time for the holidays.

“We understand 2020 has presented some challenges for many in our communities; however, we wanted the children in the foster care program to know we care about their wellbeing. The online donation shopping allowed members to participate and safely shop from their homes. Participating in this cause helps strengthen our communities and brings us such joy this holiday season,” shared Georgia United Credit Union Business Development Officer, Liz Riffert.

Since the program’s inception, nearly 31,000 gifts have been donated to children in need, thanks to the generosity of the community.

For more information about the Wish Tree program and how you can get involved, please contact Liz Riffert at liz.riffert@gucu.org or 812.760.7505.

About Georgia United Foundation:
Georgia United Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for children and families in the communities they serve through impactful programs funded and delivered through volunteerism by way of corporate contributions, team members and community efforts. The Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is the philanthropic arm of Georgia United Credit Union. For details on volunteering, participating or donating, visit gucufoundation.org.

About Georgia United Credit Union:
Georgia United Credit Union is an award-winning financial leader and partner in education. Headquartered in Duluth, Georgia United is ranked as one of the state’s largest credit unions with $1.6 billion in assets, 163,000 members and 19 branch locations. As a full-service financial institution, they offer competitive products and services for every stage of life. Visit gucu.org to learn more.

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