In the News: First Commerce Gives Back to the Valdosta Community by Collecting Toys and Donating $5,000 to Toys for Tots

Unique “Power of Gratitude” CD promotion offered by the credit union incorporates community giving with a pledge to donate funds to the local Toys for Tots for every CD opened

During the holiday season, many South Georgia 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 Valdosta 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 South Georgia and North Florida 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.

“What a great honor and blessing it was for Valdosta Toys for Tots to be selected as a recipient,” said Jenny Jolly, the Valdosta Toys for Tots Coordinator. “The $5,000 contribution provided a great deal of the children we serve with the opportunity to wake up and find a gift with their name on it, Christmas morning. Thank you, First Commerce, for presenting an opportunity for individuals to plan for their future while also investing in the future of their community.”

In addition to donating to the Valdosta Toys for Tots, First Commerce financial centers in North Florida also collected toys and made a $5,000 donation to the Tallahassee Toys for Tots to be used for local families.

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