Merrimack Valley Credit Union & Bridgewater Credit Union Donate $10,000 and Nearly 4,000 Pairs of Shoes

With help from members, Merrimack Valley Credit Union (MVCU) and Bridgewater Credit Union (BCU), a division of Merrimack Valley Credit Union, recently donated $10,000 and 3,905 pairs of gently used shoes to Lazarus House Ministries, Inc. in Lawrence and GiftsToGive in Acushnet. MVCU and BCU members and staff members turned out in droves, donating double the goal of 2,000 shoes, and amplifying the positive impact to both charitable organizations. The branches collected gently used shoes from members over the past six weeks, matching each pair of shoes given with a $5 donation, up to $10,000. 

“We cannot thank our members enough for their contributions to Lazarus House Ministries and GiftsToGive,” said John J. Howard, President/CEO of Merrimack Valley Credit Union. “With help from the community, both organizations can continue their meaningful work of transforming lives. Now that Merrimack Valley Credit Union and Bridgewater Credit Union have completed their merger, the combined organization is looking to spearhead more projects just like this, working with our members to make the communities in which we live and work a better place.”

Lazarus House Ministries provides physical, emotional and spiritual shelter from life’s hardships, offering guests the opportunity to get back on their feet. “We are overwhelmed by the generosity and support Lazarus House has received through this shoe donation drive,” said Bridget Shaheen, Executive Director, Lazarus House Ministries. “Thousands of families will benefit not only from the wonderful donated shoes that have been available in our thrift stores, but from the monetary donation we received that will help us keep the kitchen stocked and training programs running. Thank you to Merrimack Valley Credit Union and its members who made this incredible gift possible and for the effort and heart put into this project. Thank you especially for caring about and supporting our guests.”

GiftsToGive relies on the help of thousands of local kids to transform donated clothes, toys and books into thousands of individual gift packages local homeless and at-risk children. “We are extremely grateful for the donations from Bridgewater Credit Union and its members,” said Jim Stevens, CEO and Founder, GiftsToGive. “With more than 50,000 South Coast children living in poverty, the need for donations like this is overwhelming. Thank you to Bridgewater Credit Union for its work and serving as a bright light in our community.”