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Halliburton Employees FCU Shares Christmas with Community
Friday, December 18, 2015 6:50 AM

In response to the downturn of the oilfield industry that has greatly affected the communities of Duncan and Elk City, Halliburton Employees Federal Credit Union decided to forego the employee gifts they normally present at their Christmas party. Instead, they are donating that money to individuals who are suffering this holiday season.

In Duncan, the credit union worked with the Duncan Toy Shop, a local organization that gathers toys for children ages 0 to 18 who would not have Christmas without the assistance of the toy shop. The staff at Duncan Toy Shop gather information from applicant families, and they “adopted” a few families who are truly struggling. For them, they purchased Christmas gifts and food for Christmas dinner.

“I do love and appreciate getting gifts from the Christmas party, but it is not something I need,” says Tammy Coon, electronic services at HEFCU. “I like knowing that money will go to help someone this Christmas to get something they need. People are struggling, and the important thing is that we help our community.”

Lynn Samples from Duncan Toy Shop said they have families with needs that are not toys, but rather necessities such as articles of clothing. “Those are not items usually donated to the toy shop," said Samples, "so we could use the money provided by HEFCU to purchase items for those families."

In Elk City, HEFCU worked with a representative from the Western Oklahoma Family Care Center, who was informed of a family of six affected by job loss and in need of help this Christmas. They will receive Christmas gifts and food for Christmas dinner.

"I feel we are doing what a credit union is supposed to do—help the community and help the people in the community," said Chris Bower, president/CEO. "Isn't that the principle in which credit unions were founded, People Helping People? It is our duty to help our communities during this trying time."