by Comprehensive Staff
The Washington State Employees Credit Union paid it forward this Giving Tuesday. They randomly selected six of their customers and gave them $100 each to do good in the community.
This is WSECU’s 4th year participating, and they're trusting their credit union members to put a smile on the face of a person or organization in need, one hundred dollar bill at a time. “We try not to put any strict guidelines other than ‘don't use it for yourself.’ We're taking a leap of faith, but our members are givers, and they're generous, and so we want them to respond to a need that they're aware of,” said WSECU Branch Manager Joel Hart.
Giving Tuesday took off six years ago. It's a day where people are reminded to take a step back, and give to their community, whether it be in the form of a donation or your time. Hart said what they're doing made one man cry. “I had a member this morning, that when we presented it to him, he teared up, because he thought of a need right away, and he was moved by that. We have people that are shocked, but are just blown away and really excited that they've been asked to participate,” said Hart.
Brad Jones is a member of WSECU and he said he knows exactly what he's going to do with the hundred dollars given to him. “I work for Comprehensive, and I know the good work that they do out in our community, and I know that Aspen does a giving tree at our work, and I like to participate in that each year, so I plan on giving this to them. I think it'll be really helpful for them and the families that they support,” said Jones. He has a message for Yakima: “Help other families and help people in the holiday season. Make someone's holiday a little brighter. $100 is a lot of money to a lot of people,” said Jones. You can find a list of local organizations to help during the holiday season here.
This article originally appeared at KIMATV.com.