Dec 11, 2012 1:32 AM by Q2 News

Grown ups with kid-like hearts wrap presents for underprivileged

BILLINGS - As Billings gets colder, the community never has a shortage of warm, giving hearts.

Volunteers from Altana Federal Credit Union wrapped presents for 50 underprivileged children in the Head Start program Monday evening on their list of "nice."

Shopping for the more than $2,000 in presents begins early January of each year.

The Midland Empire Chapter of Credit Unions began this annual tradition of wrapping presents more than a decade ago.

Volunteers congregate downstairs of Altana Federal Credit Union on Central while Christmas tunes fill the room.

Over the past 12 years, the program has expanded its reach from a handful of children on a list to about 50 children receiving four to five gifts each.

Jeanine Blehm, manager at Big Sky Federal Credit Union, says the tradition has grown over the years, and its impact is as rewarding as ever.

"It brings a lot of joy into my life knowing there is people out there I don't know personally, but I'm able to help. All of us at the credit union together can change something for somebody that is so unexpected."

Gifts to the children will be delivered Tuesday.

Kids who receive gifts send thank you cards to the present wrapping volunteers of Altana.


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