PSFCU Members Support Sick Children Again
More than $133,000 was collected for three children’s hospices in Poland and for needy Polish-American children in metropolitan New York and Chicago. The annual edition of the “Holiday Children’s Smile” charity drive has ended, organized for the third time by the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union (PSFCU) and New York’s Children’s Smile Foundation.
During the drive which lasted from November 25, 2016, to January 14, 2017, PSFCU members raised a total of $133,204 US dollars, making donations at the seventeen branches of the Polish ethnic financial institution as well as online. $45,769 of that amount will go to a children’s hospice in Rzeszow, the “Help Them” children’s hospice in Bialystok will get $41,995, and the “Alma Spei” children’s hospice in Krakow recommended by Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda will receive $32,697. PSFCU members donated $12,742 to the account of the Children’s Smile Foundation, which supports needy Polish-American children.
“I am glad because, as every year, our Credit Union members in New York and Chicago showed that they know how to share with those who are in need. In the course of three years we have been successful in raising almost $400,000 for the needs of seriously ill children in Poland and the United States,” said PSFCU Board Secretary Marzena Wierzbowska, summing up the fundraiser. What is important is that the entirety of the funds will be donated to the institutions being supported, because the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union does not charge any fees for the collection and transfer of the money to Poland. “The ‘Holiday Children’s Smile’ drive has clearly shown that the PSFCU is not only a thriving financial institution, but also a leader in the Polish community,” said PSFCU Chief Executive Officer Bogdan Chmielewski.
Founded in 1976 in Greenpoint NY, the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union (the equivalent of Polish cooperative savings and loan association) is the largest Polish financial institution outside of Poland. The PSFCU has seventeen branches in New York, New Jersey and metropolitan Chicago, and 89,200 member co-owners. The “Holiday Children’s Smile” is an annual charity drive by the PSFCU. The fundraiser has provided past support for children’s hospices in Rzeszow and Bialystok, the “Gaius” hospice in Lodz, the Rev. Jozef Tischner hospice in Krakow, and the Blessed Michal Sopocko hospice in Vilnius.