Tallahassee, FL – During the holiday season, many North Florida families and their children were able to experience the joy of giving, thanks to First Commerce Credit Union’s “Power of Gratitude” CD promotion. First Commerce pledged to donate to the Tallahassee Toys for Tots for every CD opened during the campaign in November and early December, up to $5,000. In addition to the monetary donation, all 14 First Commerce financial centers across North Florida and South Georgia served as donation sites to collect toys for children.
“First Commerce is committed to finding meaningful ways to give back to the communities we serve,” said Cecilia Homison, First Commerce CEO. “We were thrilled to offer a CD promotion that not only empowered people to enhance their financial well-being but also gave the community a way to show support for families experiencing financial hardships during the holidays through Toys for Tots. The response from the community has been incredibly heartwarming.”
Toys for Tots, a national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for 74 years, provides happiness and hope to less fortunate children each holiday season. The toys, books, and other gifts collected and distributed by Marines and volunteers during the Christmas season offer children recognition, confidence, and a positive memory for a lifetime. Toys for Tots also provides support year-round to less fortunate families experiencing challenges and exceptional circumstances, sending a message of hope beyond the holiday season.
“I was excited when First Commerce contacted me to let me know that Toys for Tots was going to be the beneficiary of their CD campaign,” said Marc Dickieson, Toys for Tots Coordinator for Leon County. “We put a lot of effort into making Christmas special for the families we serve, and we could not fulfill our mission if we did not have community partners like First Commerce. I was overwhelmed when they reached out again and told me that they met their goal and would be donating $5,000.”
In addition to donating to the Tallahassee Toys for Tots, First Commerce financial centers in South Georgia also collected toys and made a $5,000 donation to the Valdosta Toys for Tots to be used for local families.
(L to R): Marc Dickieson (Toys for Tots Coordinator) accepts First Commerce’s $5,000 donation along with toys collected from Ayesha Muhammad (First Commerce Remote Services Assistant Manager).
ABOUT FIRST COMMERCE
First Commerce Credit Union is a full-service financial institution with more than $990 million in assets and serving more than 70,000 business and consumer members in North Florida and South Georgia. First Commerce has 14 financial centers – six in Tallahassee, and one in Marianna, Fla., three in Valdosta, Ga., and one in Nashville, Adel, Ray City, and Thomasville, Ga. First Commerce offers a full array of business and consumer products and services, as well as access to thousands of ATMs across the country through a credit union network, mobile banking, mobile deposit, and real-time text/email account alerts. Credit union services include free and interest-bearing checking accounts for all ages; savings accounts; money market accounts; CDs; IRAs; mortgages; refinancing; home equity loans; identity theft protection; credit cards; and business loans and accounts. In addition, First Commerce offers a wide range of financial planning and investment services through our subsidiary Six Pillars Financial Advisors, and commercial & personal insurance through First Commerce Insurance Agency. For details on products, services and membership, visit FirstCommerceCU.org or call 850.488.0035 or 1.800.533.5772. Insured by NCUA. Equal housing opportunity lender.