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AMOCO FCU Gives Back to Texas City Community
Monday, December 22, 2014 6:50 AM

AMOCO employees present check to Texas EquuSearch founder, Tim Miller. [Left to right] Cyndi Kayali, Courtney Hetkes, Rob Castillo, Stacey Gonzalez, Tina Foster, Tim Miller, Joanna Knape, Marissa Stidham, Tabitha Lewton, Michelle Walker, Kevin Venable.

Credit unions are the embodiment of the "people helping people" philosophy. That is especially apparent during the holiday season of giving. AMOCO Federal Credit Union recently carried out that mission in several ways, giving money and donating time to two worthy causes in the Texas City area.

On Dec. 8, AMOCO donated $1,000 to Texas EquuSearch, an organization dedicated to searching for and recovering missing persons. AMOCO is challenging other local businesses to donate as well.

Texas EquuSearch was founded by Tim Miller after he experienced the loss of his daughter when she went missing. Tim used his own tragedy to provide hope for others experiencing the same devastation. His organization is always in need of donations for search missions, including equipment, fuel, food, lodging for search coordinators, and expenses associated with the operation of their mobile command center.

AMOCO CU CEO Shawn Bailey
After an emotional performance, AMOCO Credit Union CEO Shawn Bailey receives a hug from Hope Village resident.

Texas EquuSearch is an AMOCO Select Partner in the "Together We Can Lend a Helping Hand" fundraising program, which AMOCO created to help a select group of organizations giving back to the community. AMOCO has supported Texas EquuSearch since February 2010.

Then on Dec. 10, AMOCO sponsored the Hope Village in Texas City, which held its 41st Annual Christmas Pageant called "Christmas in the Village." AMOCO has helped sponsor Hope Village since 2007.

After months of preparation, the "villagers" of Hope Village got to show off their hard work and dedication. Before taking the stage, refreshments and beverages were provided and serve, followed by a memorable performance that began with a Nativity scene. AMOCO reps reported that the singing and dancing performances brought the crowd to tears and filled the room with holiday spirit.

During the intermissions, the Bucco Belles Drill Team from O’Connell College Preparatory Academy entertained the crowd. Santa made an appearance just in time for AMOCO CEO Shawn Bailey and his wife Susan to hand out gifts to all the villagers.

Shawn Bailey, AMOCO's CEO, said of the credit union's efforts to support the community, “Sponsorships only go so far. Knowing we contributed to making a difference in the community is priceless.”

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