Unity One Credit Union held its twelfth annual “Gear Up 4 School” supply giveaway on Saturday, August 18, from 8 – 10 a.m. at its Stockyards branch located at 2625 N. Main St. (across the street from Billy Bob’s parking lot and next to Los Vaqueros). The event, created to be a resource for families, gifts children with school mandated supplies while exposing them to small businesses and organizations in the community.
The credit union distributed 350 drawstring backpacks containing items such as: pencils, notebooks, crayons and scissors. Supplies were distributed on a first come, first served basis; students had to be present to receive the supplies.
For the second year, the event featured FREE uniforms for students through a GoodPop clothing closet, which was graciously sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth. In addition to the Fort Worth ISD approved uniforms, students received new socks and underwear to start the new school year off right.
The students were also able to step onto the Essilor Vision Foundation’s vision screening bus for their opportunity to have an eye exam and glasses made on-site while they waited.
“Being able to partner with Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth and the Essilor Vision Foundation has really turned the event into a place where students can get everything they need to exceed in the upcoming school year. There’s no better feeling than seeing the smile on a child’s face when they walk into class on their first day of school fully prepared,” said Gary Williams, president of Unity One Credit Union.
In addition to the free backpacks, uniforms and eye exams, attendees enjoyed free breakfast tacos, unlimited Kona Ice, caricature drawings and face painting, as well as the opportunity to visit booths manned by local businesses such as: the Fort Worth ISD Communications department, the Fort Worth Library, LULAC and more.
About Unity One Credit Union
Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals.
Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN and Kansas City, KS may apply for membership. Unity One CU has nine branches to serve over 30,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™
About Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth
Goodwill is more than a thrift store. The largest employer of people with disabilities in the world, Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance.
Goodwill Fort Worth’s 23 retail locations provide revenue through the sale of donated goods to support Goodwill’s mission – job training and career services for people with disabilities, such as physical or mental disabilities and other barriers to employment including lack of education or work experience and homelessness. For more information on Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, please visit www.goodwillfortworth.org.