Leader photo/CRAIG HAUPERT Eastside students in Bonnie Prenkert’s kindergarten class colored pictures Monday that will be sent to troops deployed all over the globe as part of Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union’s Support Our Troops project. Also pictured are Lisetta Zahm, Niles art teacher; and Krystal Ake and Joan Keeler, both of Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union.
Leader photo/CRAIG HAUPERT
Eastside students in Bonnie Prenkert’s kindergarten class colored pictures Monday that will be sent to troops deployed all over the globe as part of Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union’s Support Our Troops project. Also pictured are Lisetta Zahm, Niles art teacher; and Krystal Ake and Joan Keeler, both of Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union.

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Local credit union Supports Our Soldiers

Published 10:16am Thursday, April 17, 2014

Students color pictures that will be sent in care packages

In an effort to give our United States servicemen and women something to smile about while they are deployed, Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union has rolled out its Support Our Soldiers program.

Krystal Ake, the credit union’s coordinator of the project, said the goal is to send care packages to troops from our area once a month.

“Hopefully we can get them to people we know personally through the credit union, or their family and friends,” Ake said.

Boxes have been set up at each GNCFCU location where people can drop off items. A list of “most wanted” items will also be displayed.

The credit union branches can be found in Niles at 507 E. Main St., in Cassopolis at 1050 E. State St. and in Edwardsburg at 68925 M-62, Suite A.

“We hope to get a lot of donations,” Ake said.

The credit union is also asking people to enter their coloring contest. The colored pictures will be sent to troops in the care packages.

On Monday, Eastside students under the direction of art teacher Lisetta Zahm colored pictures for the Support Our Soldiers care packages.

The credit union is also encouraging people to drop off a photo of their family member or friend in the military so it can be posted in the lobby.

Ake said the program would run year round, so there is currently no deadline to donate items for the care packages.

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