During each quarter of 2019, First Community Credit Union holds fundraisers for different worthy organizations. The charities are voted on by employees.
The third quarter fundraising organization, as chosen by FCCU staff, is Jessy’s Toy Box. This local nonprofit was started by James "Jessy’" Haberman in 2015. Jessy was born in 2009 with a rare syndrome and received infusions at the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center. After receiving a toy as a gift at one of these sessions it became Jessy’s dream to continue the gift of giving and that every child receives a gift during their hospital stay, and Jessy's Toy Box was started.
Before Jessy passed away in 2018, his parents promised to continue Jessy's dream and his mission, so that every child in the hospital may receive a toy.
What began with one van load at Christmas time has now grown to cover four states with multiple drop locations.
To support Jessy’s Toy Box, FCCU will be holding a toy drive through Sept. 30, with all branches available as a drop site for members and the public. Posters have been sent to all branches and larger branches also received wooden toy boxes from Jessy's Toy Box to help with collection.
All donations will be distributed to kids from 0-18 years old at local children’s hospitals and infusion centers. Ideas for giving include new toys, board games, books, blankets, slippers, art, jewelry, nail and craft kits, gift cards such as iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, PlayStation, Barnes and Noble and cash donations to be used for movie tickets or area activities.
More information about Jessy’s Toy Box can be found on Facebook or at jessystoybox.com/