HIGHLAND | Half a million babies are born premature or with birth defects in the U.S. every year and require extra medical care to survive. With a heightened level of awareness and research most of the birth defects can be prevented or cured.
The March of Dimes “March for Babies” has been helping raise money for families in need for more than 40 years.
For the past 15 years, Advance Financial Federal Credit Union has contributed to the March of Dimes through fundraising efforts, this spring participating in the annual Lake County March for Babies held at Highland High School.
“Our team always looks forward to volunteering their time to help support local families and build awareness of this important cause,” said John Wohadlo, president/CEO of AFFCU. “Our staff enlisted the participation of their children for the walk to show them the importance of helping others. This is exactly the philosophy that serves as the foundation for credit unions…People Helping People. Contributions this year totaled $750.”
AFFCU raised donations at its branches in East Chicago, Schererville and Gary to help combat America’s No. 1 cause of newborn death and chronic childhood illnesses, premature birth.
Fundraising activities included: walker collections, a company-wide Jeans Days where employees made a $5 donation to wear jeans to work, and sales of Mascot Moe Monkey stuffed animals and Bean Bag Bears through $6 donations.