Santa and his elves came early as Suffolk Credit Union donated hundreds of toys to local children in partnership with Mondays at Racine Cancer Care, New York Cancer Foundation and New York Cancer and Blood Specialists. The gifts were contributed by civic-minded credit union members and employees during the ‘Suffolk Smiles’ toy drive at its branches, an annual tradition. Many of the toys were distributed on December 16th at Mondays at Racine in Sayville.
“With their generous donations, our employees and members enthusiastically embraced this opportunity to treat local children to a bounty of fun toys,” said Laura Racioppi, AVP Corporate and Community Partnerships, Suffolk Credit Union. “As a community-focused institution, we are deeply committed to helping our neighbors, not just during the holidays but throughout the year.”
“For families dealing with cancer, the holidays can be quite challenging for many reasons, but most of all financial. This year, thanks to our wonderful partnership with Suffolk Credit Union, we’re able to help those in need by providing toys for their kids,” said Karla Waldron, Executive Director, Mondays at Racine. “It’s a small gesture, but every little bit makes a difference when you’re facing cancer. And it’s all possible because of the kindness and generosity of community partners like Suffolk Credit Union.”
Michele Dean, President & CEO of Suffolk Credit Union, added, “Our credit union has a proud tradition of partnering with local community organizations as well as providing generations of members with the guidance they need to reach their financial goals. Treating everyone in our community with respect and striving to make their futures brighter is the foundation of our institution.”
Mondays at Racine Cancer Care provides mind-body health, beauty and wellness services to women, men and young adults undergoing cancer treatment—all free of charge. Last spring Suffolk Credit Union adopted the organization’s charter Salon Be in BluePoint, providing support to cancer patients in the form of volunteers and extra resources.
New York Cancer & Blood Specialists diagnose and treat every kind of cancer, offering patients state-of-the-art treatments, clinical trials and comprehensive support services. Its multidisciplinary team of physicians, surgeons, nutritionists, social workers and other health specialists work together to develop a personalized treatment plan that fits a patient’s needs throughout diagnosis, active treatment, remission and survivorship.
About Suffolk Credit Union
Suffolk Credit Union is a local not-for-profit cooperative financial institution owned and operated by its members. It was chartered in 1967 by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). The volunteer-directed credit union has assets in excess of $1.6 billion, 10 branches and over 67,000 members, including partnerships with Suffolk County employees and unions. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or regularly conducts business in Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as immediate family members of current membership. To learn more, visit www.suffolkcu.org or call 631-924-8000.