MS CUs Contribute $28K+ to CU4Kids; Jackson Area FCU Takes Top Fundraiser Honor

Posted April 23, 2013    

Jackson Area FCU Group

Pictured: Along with Jackson Area FCU staff, President/CEO Gary Fairley (front row, second from right) presents a $10,000 contribution to Blair E. Batson Hospital representatives (front row, from left) Ashley Ramage, Nurse Manager III and Michelle Palokas, Clinical Director.

Jackson, MS (04/17/13) – Jackson Area Federal Credit Union, Jackson, Miss., has been recognized as the top 2012 Credit Unions for Kids™ fundraiser in Mississippi.  The credit union’s $10,000 donation will benefit Mississippi’s only children’s hospital, the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital located in Jackson.

Credit Unions for Kids™ (CU4Kids) is the program name under which credit unions raise money to benefit the children’s hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).  For the 2012 fundraising year, the Batson Hospital received donations totaling more than $28,000 from Mississippi credit unions supporting the CU4Kids program. 

Jackson Area FCU raised their contribution in variety of ways, including a barbecue plate fundraiser, a silent auction of designer handbags, candy sales, and participating in national CU4Kids fundraising campaigns.  However, some of the credit union’s most successful fundraisers are of the “every day” sort, where small donations over time add up to a big impact. 

“We have a ‘Change a Child’s Life’ change collection canister at every teller window and in all offices,” explained Hailey Tucker, Jackson Area FCU Vice President of Marketing.  “Our membership is so giving, when they cash a check, if there is change, it goes straight into the canister every time.” 

In addition, the credit union has a “mini-store” with snacks, beverages, and microwavable food items that staff and members can purchase, with all proceeds benefiting CU4Kids.  The credit union doesn’t even let the trash go to waste, recycling the beverage cans and giving that money to CU4Kids as well. 

“Local is #1 for us,” said Tucker. “Some of our employee’s children have been treated at the Batson, so of course our hearts are in it.  We have 100% employee participation in a payroll deduction program where a small contribution is taken from every paycheck.  Our staff is on the same page in support of Credit Unions for Kids, and our member’s generosity helps us do even more.”  

Other 2012 CU4Kids contributors include: Central Sunbelt, Citizens Choice, Credit Union South, Jackson Area, Magnolia, Members Exchange, Meridian Mutual, Mississippi DOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Postal Employees, Mississippi Public Employees, Mississippi Telco, MS National Guard, Old South, Singing River, Statewide, and Vicksburg Railroad

Mississippi credit unions have contributed more than $400,000 to the CMN hospitals serving Mississippi’s children since joining the Credit Unions for Kids program in 1999.  Nationwide, credit unions have contributed more than $110 million to CMN. 

The Mississippi Credit Union Association is the state trade association for 85 credit unions in Mississippi with more than 575,000 member-owners and combined assets in excess of $4.4 billion.  Credit unions in Mississippi and across the country Unite for Good to share a vision where “Americans choose credit unions as their best financial partner.”  Learn more about credit unions at or


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