Heart of Bethpage Program Provides Toys and Support to Long Island Children in Need

Bethpage Federal Credit Union employee, JoAnn Ruggiero, shops with children who are clients of Education & Assistance Corporation (EAC) programs as part of the 13th Annual EAC Holiday Shopping Spree sponsored by the Marie & Micheal Gubitosi Foundation. More than 100 children were given $100 Walmart gift cards, and an hour and a half to shop with Bethpage volunteers to help them decide on toys, clothing and electronics to fulfill their holiday wish list.

For the fourth year in a row, Bethpage Federal Credit Union has supported various children’s non-profit organizations this holiday. Through its “Heart of Bethpage” community outreach program, Bethpage has volunteered to support Operation Jocelyn Spirit, a non-profit organization that answers children’s letters to Santa.

More than 80 Bethpage employees “adopted” a local child, answered his/her letter and fulfilled a child’s holiday wish list by purchasing presents that they otherwise would not have been able to enjoy.

Bethpage also participated in the 13th annual Education & Assistance Corporation (EAC) Holiday Shopping Spree, sponsored by the Marie & Michael Gubitosi Foundation and hosted this year by Walmart’s Farmingdale location.

More than 200 Long Island foster children received a $100 gift card to purchase items on their holiday wish list and shopped with Bethpage volunteers who helped them make their choices of toys, clothing and electronics.

Bethpage supported two additional efforts including the John Theissen Foundation Toy Drive by placing toy collection bins in every Bethpage branch.  This is the tenth year Bethpage has worked with the John Theissen Children’s Foundation.

As part of the Newsday Holiday Lights Festival, sponsored by Bethpage, children and families created holiday cards for children admitted to Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center, located in New Hyde Park.

We thank Bethpage for everything they have done and continue to do to help children on Long Island in need.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union employees, from left to right, Kevin McKenna, Justin Merk, Toriann Gullo, Anderson Arango, and Chris Croken, fill bags of toys this holiday season as part of Operation Jocelyn Spirit, a Plainview-based non-profit organization that answers children’s letters to Santa.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative. Bethpage maintains branch locations in Bay Shore, Bay Shore King Kullen, Bethpage, Central Islip, Commack King Kullen, Elmont, Farmingdale, Freeport, Glen Cove, Hempstead, Huntington, Levittown King Kullen, Lynbrook, Massapequa, Melville, Mineola, North Babylon, Patchogue, Port Jefferson, Riverhead, Seaford, Smithtown, Roosevelt, West Babylon and Westbury with over 425 surcharge-free ATMs in King Kullen, CVS Pharmacy and Costco locations throughout Long Island.  For more information, call 1-800-628-7070 or visit www.bethpagefcu.com.


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