This year, the Georgia United Foundation’s Wish Tree program granted the wishes of 1,284 children and mothers in need throughout 10 counties in the state, according to a release by the foundation.
The annual Wish Tree program, which is in its 31st year, provides gifts to Georgia children and mothers in need through donations made by community partners and members, according to the release.
“The holidays were brighter for children and mothers in need thanks to the generous donations made to Georgia United Foundation’s 31st annual Wish Tree program,” the release said.
The Georgia United Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Georgia United Credit Union, one of the state’s largest credit unions with over 170,000 members. According to the release, the foundation seeks to improve the quality of life in the local community through service projects and other programs funded by its members and partners.
Due to ongoing challenges related to COVID-19, the foundation decided to continue offering an option to donate to the program virtually, so that community members could participate from home. Donors were able to select the charity location and the requested gifts from online shopping lists, and donations were shipped directly to the area branch location. Then the local Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and other similar organizations delivered the gifts in time for Christmas.
“Both 2020 and 2021 presented challenges to many of our communities, but we wanted to continue serving children and mothers in need,” Georgia United credit Union Business Development Officer Liz Riffert said in the release. “By continuing the online donation shopping, kit allowed members and nonmembers to participate and safely shop from their homes. We’re really thankful for all who donated and made a difference during this holiday season. Thank you for helping us spread cheer throughout this holiday season.”
Since the program’s inception, more than 32,000 gifts have been donated to children and mothers in need. For more information about the Wish Tree program and how you can get involved, contact Liz Riffert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-760-7505. For more information about the foundation and details on volunteering or donating, go to gucufoundation.org.