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FCCU raises $4,000 for Project Ignite Light

First Community Credit Union employees presented Project Ignite Light with $4,000 they raised for the organization. From left, FCCU’s Monica Hieb, Ceilia and Cailee Kamstra, Crystal, Jackie and Tye Cordie, Becky Pergotski, Amanda Geisler, vice president of growth and development for Project Ignite Light, and FCCU’s Kiella Lawrence, Lisa Hicks, Janna Bergstedt and Madilyn and De Roaldson. Submitted photo

Employees of First Community Credit Union have announced they have raised $4,000 for Project Ignite Light, an organization supporting abused and foster children throughout the region. In addition to the funds, FCCU donated 135 fleece blankets and 345 pairs of pajamas to their “Bags of Hope.” This is the third year in a row that FCCU employees have chosen to support this cause and in the last three years, they have donated 301 blankets, 785 pajamas and raised $12,000.

Each quarter FCCU’s 225 employees choose an organization to support by raising money and awareness. Abused and foster children were the focus of the first quarter charity and Project Ignite Light was the organization chosen to support.

“We had the opportunity to deliver the items in person to their facility and help pack Bags of Hope,” said Kiella Lawrence of First Community Credit Union. “It breaks your heart to hear that so many children have to go through such a terrible experience, but it’s comforting to know that these bags are making a difference in their lives during such a dark time.”

Project Ignite Light is a faith-based organization that provides children with important items needed when examined at local Children's Advocacy Centers around the United States for sexual abuse, physical abuse or neglect. The organization provides about 200 "Bags of Hope" each month to reported abused children in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Each bag is customized for the child's age and gender and includes a blanket, pajamas, undergarments, personal hygiene items, flashlight, book and a water bottle. The organization was founded in 2008 by Jamestown native Pebbles Thompson and functions out of the old Barnes County North School in Rogers, N.D. More information can be found at www.ignitelight.org.

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