East Idaho Credit Union Raises Nearly $50,000 for Local Children
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho, July 3, 2019 – East Idaho Credit Union has raised $49,560 for their charitable program in their annual Kicks for Kids Golf Tournament recently hosted in Idaho Falls.
“This program, Kicks for Kids, provides needed shoes to local kids whose family can’t afford them,” said EICU President and CEO Dan Thurman. “This is the most money we’ve raised so far. It’s great to have this kind of support from our community and credit union industry to help us make a positive impact on our community.”
In 2018, Kicks for Kids purchased 1,500 pairs of shoes for children in need in the region. This year, the program is set to exceed more than 2,000 as the program continues to grow.
The 3rd annual Kicks for Kids Golf Tournament took place June 24 at the Idaho Falls Country Club and included 128 golfers who enjoyed 18 holes, lunch, and a raffle that included autographed sports memorabilia, TVs, kayaks, and staycations. All funds raised will go directly to the purchase of shoes. For more than 20 years East Idaho Credit Union has been providing shoes to kids, receiving referrals from school counselors and local social workers. In addition to the golf tournament EICU places empty water jugs in area schools between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year, asking children to bring their spare change from home to help purchase shoes.
“For some kids, it’s the first new pair of shoes they’ve ever had,” said Bailey Foster, East Idaho Credit Union’s community relations coordinator. “It’s heart warming to know we can make a difference.”