Employees of the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union have joined forces with credit union members to adopt nearly 200 angels through the Salvation Army’s Chattanooga Regional Command Angel Tree program.
“Each year, TVFCU is a crucial contributor to the Angel Tree program,” said Maj. Mark Smith of the Salvation Army’s Chattanooga Area Command. “This year, TVFCU employees and members worked together to provide Christmas gifts and basic necessities to nearly 200 Angels. I am constantly inspired by the generosity of our community and grateful for this group’s commitment to helping those in need.
Since 2006, TVFCU employees have coordinated an employee food auction the day before Thanksgiving to raise money for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. The auction includes homemade items and food-related gift cards in an effort to help credit union employees spend less time in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day. Items ranged from savory casseroles to savory desserts.
The top-selling item was an Oreo cake for $285. Thanks to the generosity of employees, TVFCU
the food auction raised $8,291. The funds enabled TVFCU to share holiday cheer with 45 Angels.
In addition to TVFCU’s food auction, Christmas trees at all nine TVFCU branches in Hamilton County displayed Angel Tree labels. Credit union members and employees have embraced the Angels. One of TVFCU’s smaller branches, the downtown branch, gave gifts to more than 20 angels.
“I think with the pandemic, our employees and our members have actually felt closer to each other in their efforts to help families who are really hurting financially,” said Jed Mescon, Liaison Officer for Engagement. TVFCU community and organizer of TVFCU’s participation in the Angel Tree program. was going to be the year to enjoy the holiday spirit and make up for lost time. That was truly the motto of everyone who gave through TVFCU. It worked. The famous Mr. Rogers once said, “If only you could feel how important you are in the lives of those you meet; how much you can
be for people you may never even have dreamed of. Was he ever right.
Although this year’s Angel Tree program is over, it’s never too late to help. Visit csarmy.org to donate to the Online Red Kettle campaign and to learn more about volunteer opportunities.