Gift of Change
Greater Kentucky Credit Union is celebrating our 65th year in business and we've taken this milestone as an opportunity to reach out to the community that has given us their support for so many years. During this time, we've made various partnerships and initiatives to make a positive impact in our community. As this year is coming to an end, we're excited to announce our newest donation drive to raise money for another stellar organization, the Make-A-Wish Foundation!
This November and December, we'll be partnering with SCAPA (The School for Creative and Performing Arts) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help make children's dreams come true! Thanks to the talented artists and teachers at SCAPA, we will have 18 stunning piggy banks at local retailers across Central Kentucky, ready to collect your change through the end of the year. Every penny is important and every cent counts towards a critically ill child's wish. Each of these piggy banks will be a one of a kind piece and will also be given to a Make-A-Wish child at the end of the donation drive.
We know that many of you are familiar with the Make-A-Wish Foundation name, but we'd like to introduce this organization with a story below of a Kentucky Make-A-Wish child and his touching wish.
On top of all of the wonderful wishes your donation could contribute to, you'll know what 81 cents of every dollar goes directly to granting wishes, 80% of the children receiving gifts go on to thrive and survive, and 100% of the funds raise in Kentucky stay in Kentucky to directly benefit local kids!
To see these piggy banks and to make a contribution of your own, you can go to any of these local businesses who have generously support this donation drive:
January 25th, 2019 - Tallying all of the Donations
After the end of the year, it was time to collect all 35 piggy banks from all of the wonderful local businesses we partnered with for the Gift of Change donation drive to tally up our total. Thanks to the generosity of Central Kentuckians this past Christmas season, we were able to raise over $500 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, all from spare change!
Thank you to everyone who supported this donation drive and took the time to spare some change. We also want to thank Faith Hacker, the Senior Development Director for Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, for helping us pull this all together.
November 29th, 2018 - Delivery Day
Last Thursday, we had the opportunity to deliver several more adorable piggy banks to local shops in Lexington! Check out our photos above to see where you can find these piggy banks in town!
(Pictured from top left to bottom right: Crank and Boom (Manchester St.), Crank and Boom (Summit at Fritz Farm), Kentucky for Kentucky (Downtown), and Artique Gallery (Lexington Green))
November 19th, 2018 - Interview with Lee Cruse @ LEX18
This Monday, we went out to one of our participating shops, Old Kentucky Chocolates in Hamburg, and talked with LEX18's Lee Cruse about the Gift of Change Donation drive, our partnership with SCAPA, and the great impact Make-A-Wish has on children's lives everywhere. We were even joined by our newest friend, Finn, a local wish child, and tasted some really yummy samples! Hot tip: Their chocolate covered grapes are amazing! You can stop by their location today to pickup some chocolate and check out our cute reindeer piggy bank while you're there!
November 14th, 2018 - Interview with FOX56
We had a wonderful opportunity to talk to FOX56 about the Gift of Change donation drive and spread the word about the work that Make-A-Wish does for children in our community. Check out our interview above and come by one of our participating shops to help make children's dreams come true!
November 1st, 2018 - Meeting the Artists
This past Thursday, we had an amazing opportunity to join Faith Hacker, the Senior Development Director for Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, and Hannah, a former Make-A-Wish child, at SCAPA to talk to our artists about the organization that they'll be supporting. We had a wonderful time getting to know the students, teaching them about the work Make-A-Wish does, and hearing about their own experiences. Thanks to wonderful support of Mrs. Adamson and Mrs. Barker, organizing this event has been a pleasure for us. We're excited to join forces for a great cause and to share the beautiful work their students do with the community! Check out our video above to see some pictures from the presentation!