Employees of First Community Credit Union announced they have raised $5,000 for Project Ignite Light, an organization supporting abused and foster children throughout the region. In addition to the funds, FCCU donated 154 fleece blankets and 405 pairs of pajamas to their “Bags of Hope,” a new record number. This is the fourth year in a row that FCCU employees have chosen to support this cause and in the last four years, they have donated 576 blankets, 1,457 pairs of pajamas and raised $21,000,

Each quarter FCCU’s 250 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.

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“Through this fundraiser, together we helped over 400 kids begin a new start,” said Susan Long Swen, event and community engagement specialist with FCCU. She continues, “It was amazing to present all these blankets and pajamas to Project Ignite Light’s Founder, Pebbles Thompson and Vice President of Growth and Development Amanda Geisler. It’s sad to know organizations like this have to exist, but wonderful to know through our help, we can bring hope to so many kids.”

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. They provide nearly 400 "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. They function out of the old Barnes County North School in Rogers, N.D. More information can be found at www.ignitelight.org.