Most holidays off work are spent relaxing, enjoying the time off and taking advantage of a last lazy day but not the hard workers at the St. Helens Credit Union. Employees from the St. Helens Credit Union in St. Helens, Oregon spent their Columbus Day holiday together helping the homeless in their community. The employees gathered together to fill Ziploc bags with common toiletries such as toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, chap stick, razors, and shaving cream. These toiletry bags will be handed out to those who are in need of them by the Community Action Team members (CAT) in Columbia County.
The program coordinator for CAT in the Columbia County area, Martha Olmstead, said that the St. Helens office will have anywhere from twenty or more homeless people come in asking for basic toiletries because they are unable to afford them. With these Ziploc bags prepared by the employees of the St. Helens Credit Union, they will now be able to hand out useful items to both men and women in need. CAT was approached by the Vice President of Marketing from St Helens Credit Union looking to see if they could help out somehow. All-in-all, the employees made up around 300 kits on their day off of work.
Olmstead said that although this is the first time it has happened, she is hoping that they will be able to turn this into an annual event. It is the first time that CAT has seen support like that during her time with the organization, according to the article posted on The Chronicle.