Giving the Gift of Food

The 25thWAFF 48 Can-A-Thon kicks off on Monday, December 4th through December 8. This annual event helps to raise food donations for local charities and food banks. Donate non-perishable food items at any of Redstone Federal Credit Union’s 26 branch locations to help end hunger in the Tennessee Valley this holiday season!    

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Giving the Gift of Food: One Can at a Time

13 Dec 2017

Giving the Gift of Food

The 25thWAFF 48 Can-A-Thon kicks off on Monday, December 4th through December 8. This annual event helps to raise food donations for local charities and food banks. Donate non-perishable food items at any of Redstone Federal Credit Union’s 26 branch locations to help end hunger in the Tennessee Valley this holiday season!  

RFCU Canathon

Redstone has been a major sponsor the Can-A-Thon for 15 of those 25 years.  Joe Newberry, Redstone’s President and CEO, said the Credit Union saw an opportunity to give back to the community and thought, “What better way to help the community than by collecting and donating food.’’

During those 15 years, Newberry said Redstone employees have seen and heard some amazing stories of generosity and gratefulness. He recalled one year when high school students arrived at 5:30 a.m. at the Wynn Drive branch to count cans before going off to school.  

He has also seen people give who have very little themselves.

“We see not only our employees, but also see our members give year after year. When you think about the tons of cans of food that are given, it is incredible,‘’ said Newberry.

 
The public can drop off cans at any of Redstone’s 26 branches, including Fayetteville and Murfreesboro in Tennessee. All non-perishable food collected will be donated designated agency or agencies.   

Need some suggestions for food items? These are the most-needed items:

  • Canned meat or fish
  • Canned vegetables
  • Peanut butter
  • Soups, chili or stew
  • High energy foods
  • Dinner kits
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Fruit cups
  • Boxed drinks and juices
  • Pasta and spaghetti sauce

Can-A-Thon covers many different counties and charities throughout our community. Look here for the full list of drop-offs points throughout the week. Counties include Colbert, Lauderdale, Franklin, DeKalb, Marshall, Jackson, Limestone, Morgan, Madison, Rutherford and Lincoln. 

Canathon Art

Make sure to stop by The Atrium at our Wynn Drive location for the live Can-A-Thon event from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on December 8th. We will be taking donations all day long to help those in our community who are in need. Can’t make it to any of the drop off points? You can make a monetary donation here to help end hunger. Every dollar donated provides almost 5 meals to those in need.

While you’re stopping by your favorite branch with your donations, make sure to check out their Can-struction -- art created from donated cans! Our branch staff have all built amazing structures from employee donations and have them on display for your enjoyment. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in a comment below!

 

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