Desert Financial Credit Union Donates $5,000 to ‘Packages from Home’ Nonprofit to Help Replace Stolen Truck

GLENDALE, AZ (February 14, 2019) — As a nonprofit that sends donated goods overseas to deployed military personnel, Packages From Home operates by doing good for others. So when the organization’s administrators returned home from an out-of-state event to find that their transport truck had been stolen, they were devastated.

“We were shocked that someone would take something from a nonprofit, and even more shocked when we realized insurance wouldn’t cover the amount needed to replace it,” said Aaron Morrison, Packages From Home’s Operations Manager. “Without a truck, we aren’t able to pick up large donations from the community or bring supplies to events. These are critical activities to our mission of getting packages to our military overseas.”

Upon learning that the organization would struggle to continue with their mission without a truck, Desert Financial Credit Union decided to step in. The not-for-profit credit union made a ‘Random Act of Kindness’ donation of $5,000 toward the purchase of a new vehicle.

“We feel very happy, very relieved, and very humbled to receive this donation,” said Sarah Morrison, Director of Fundraising & Communications for Packages From Home. “This is something for which we are eternally grateful. When we purchase our new Packages From Home vehicle, we hope to decorate it with a Desert Financial logo for everyone to see!”

“At Desert Financial, we believe that Random Acts of Kindness go a long way toward helping improve our wider community,” said SVP, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, Cathy Graham. “It was an honor for us to be able to support this incredible organization with funds to help purchase a new truck and continue their vital work.”

Thanks to Desert Financial’s donation, Packages From Home is now only $5,000 away from their goal to purchase a new truck. For those who would like to join Desert Financial in helping Packages From Home purchase a new vehicle, please donate at www.packagesfromhome.org.

In 2018, Desert Financial gave $7M back to the community and its members, including exceptional experiences. This year, the not-for-profit is increasing its member giveback bonus from $5 million to $8 million, and continuing its teacher appreciation, Random Acts of Kindness, and other community-wide initiatives. For more information, visit www.desertfinancial.com/year-of-giving.

About Desert Financial Credit Union

Celebrating 80 years in Arizona, Desert Financial is the state’s largest credit union with $4 billion in assets, more than 330,000 members and nearly 50 locations across the Valley. As a not-for-profit cooperative, Desert Financial prides itself on sharing success with its members, its team and the wider community.

About Packages From Home

Packages From Home is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded by an Army mom after she realized that her son was the only soldier in his unit receiving care packages and letters from home. Today, Packages From Home serves Active Duty U.S. military members from all branches who are stationed or deployed overseas (including military working dogs and military K9 teams) as well as homeless, transitioning, and at-risk veterans by providing them with requested food, hygiene, and entertainment items to boost morale and quality of life. Since 2004, Packages From Home has shipped more than 124,400 care packages and 282,600 lbs. of bulk supplies overseas, provided more than 137,000 lbs. of food and personal care items to homeless veterans, and served over 579,700 individual servicemembers. Learn more at www.packagesfromhome.org.

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