Leaders Credit Union, a member-owned financial cooperative based in Jackson, Tenn., spread holiday cheer around the community and at Discovery Park with their second annual “From Leaders with Love” project.
Each branch and department adopted a project in the community and carried it out over the past two weeks. Projects included stocking and cleaning ComeUnity Café in downtown Jackson, lunch for the local fire department, ICU goodie baskets for JMCGH, serving at Community Montessori School, paying for cars’ entrances to Discovery Park of America’s Let It Glow Light Show (running through Saturday, Dec. 30) and Christmas Under the STARs, and many others. Leaders carried out a total of sixteen projects throughout West Tennessee.
“Our ‘From Leaders with Love’ project gives us the opportunity to give forward, to bless others in both big ways and small,” President and CEO Todd Swims said. “We are thankful that we as a credit union have the ability to impact our community in a positive way and encourage those who do good. The best way we can lead is to give.”
Each branch and department was encouraged to pick a project they felt passionate about, and the results spanned from giving pedicure vouchers to ladies at the Women’s Center to collecting coats for students at Isaac Lane Elementary. Leaders Credit Union released a compilation video of the projects on their Facebook page on Friday, Dec. 15, and the video has reached over 12,000 Facebook users thus far.
“The camaraderie that’s involved in giving of yourself – of your resources, of your time, together as one – it’s immeasurable. The ripples of a gift can never be calculated – but they stretch deep and wide into the core of who we are. That’s what From Leaders with Love is about,” Swims said.
About Discovery Park
Discovery Park of America, averaging close to 250,000 visitors a year, offers an educational and fun journey through history and science for visitors of all ages in an interactive, hands-on learning environment. Consistently scoring 5 stars on Trip Advisor, the park has seen visitors from every state, while occasionally enjoying international visitors as well.
With over 70,000 square feet of exhibit space, Discovery Center is the flagship of the organization, featuring galleries about Natural History, Transportation, Military, Space & Technology and more. In addition, Discovery Center sits on a 50-acre park that boasts several outdoor exhibits, including a log cabin settlement, a Japanese Garden, an 1800s chapel and full-sized antique train display. Additionally, the park has become one of this region’s most desirable event venues and hosts over 50 fun and educational events itself each year, including fun dinners like Cocktails and Comedy to complete weekends of learning with re-enactors during Civil War Days.