Fun Holiday Ideas for Your Credit Union


You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout I’m telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to town… And who else can celebrate that like credit unions?

When I searched for “credit unions and holiday celebrations,” I was presented with many results showcasing credit unions celebrating the holiday spirit. When I searched for “banks and holiday celebrations,” I only got the Federal Holidays that banks observe… Doesn’t this say in a nutshell why credit unions are invested in the communities they serve?

Donations and Contributions

Looking at just a handful of credit unions’ social media accounts and websites, they are not only treating their members with tidings and good cheer, but also demonstrating their concern for community through donations. These contributions are made not only with money, but also food, clothes, toys, and gift wrapping. Charities donated to included, but were not limited to: The Salvation Army (Angel Tree), Division of Family and Children, Donated Hearts for Christmas, American Red Cross, Adopt-A-Family, Toys for Tots, local churches, and military bases.

Creativity Comes Shining Through

It’s uplifting to see the value credit unions are bringing to the people they serve every day. But maybe you’re at a loss for how to serve your community. Here are some ideas that could make your credit union stand apart:

  • Creating art sculptures with non-perishable food items that are donated to local church pantries
  • Donating bicycles and toys to Toys for Tots
  • Selling gift wrapping to help local families in need
  • Having employees donate $1.00 to dress down on Friday
  • Serving dinner and handing out warm blankets
  • “Stuff the Sleigh” (with an actual sleigh) with toys and clothing
  • Record a holiday greeting that can be featured on TV
  • Raise funds and serve dinner to service members stationed at a military base
  • Write Christmas cards to soldiers stationed away from their family
  • Host Santa and his elves for your members; include refreshments, fun activities, and photos with Santa

…So be good for goodness sake! And enjoy the holiday season and the happiness of helping others!


  • Barb Cooper

    As Programming Services Manager, Barb engages with programming teams to improve project workflow, provide training, manage the marketing side of programming, and coordinate team relations with those outside the programming department. Barb also provides programming research for client serving staff, improves programming department documentation, is involved in the efforts to improve the CU*BASE database, and attends focus groups and client sessions to represent the programming department. Throw in a little programming as well.

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