Who says "youth don't make a difference?" Not Poplar Bluff Federal Credit Union! One of their youth members, Brandon Scott, 12, and his family coordinated the second Annual Pull Tab Drive to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis (RMHC). The credit union sponsored the event, which was held on April 19, at the American Legion Hall in Poplar Bluff.
For most of his life, Brandon and his family have been collecting tabs for RMHC. At just 23 months old, Brandon was diagnosed with leukemia. He received treatment at St. Louis Children's Hospital; he has been in remission for nearly 10 years.
"Brandon's mom, Kim Scott, met with me one day about the event," says Davine Conover, business development specialist for Poplar Bluff Federal. "We were moved by her passion and how the Scott family has touched so many lives through their efforts, so Poplar Bluff Federal Credit Union proudly partnered with them."
In addition, Poplar Bluff Federal Credit Union sold T-shirts - 100 percent of the proceeds benefited RMHC.
"The promotion allowed us to convey, 'No matter how old you are, you can make a difference in someone else’s life,'" says Conover. "The timing fit perfectly with financial literacy month."
The day's event included food, large silent auction, bake sale and raffle ticket sales for the opportunity to win three great prizes. The American Legion donated the facility, while members of the community provided the silent auction items, baked goods and raffled items.
"The Scott family pulled together from the youngest to the oldest to make the event a success," continues Conover.
As of April 23, the event raised more than $8,500 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis.
Caption (top): Ronald McDonald poses with the Scott family.
Caption (bottom): Ronald McDonald helps make the day even more "McFabulous" for these kiddos.