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FCCU Raises $4,500 and over 600 items for Project Ignite Light


FCCU recently held fundraisers for Project Ignite Light, an organization that supports area abused and foster children. Since January, FCCU staff raised $4,500 for the organization. In addition to the funds,  382 pairs of pajamas and a new record of 222 fleece blankets will be donated to Project Ignite Light’s ‘Bags of Hope.’
This is the sixth year in a row that FCCU employees have chosen to support this cause. In those six years, FCCU donations total 945 blankets, 2,204 pajamas and raised an impressive $31,500!
Each quarter FCCU’s 250 employees choose an organization to support by raising money and awareness. Abused and foster children were the focus of the first quarter charity and Project Ignite Light was the organization chosen to support.
“Through this fundraiser, together we helped over 400 kids begin a new start,” said Susan Long Swen, event and community engagement specialist with FCCU. She continues, “Over six years, FCCU has been supporting Project Ignite Light and each year the support from our staff and community, is incredible. It’s sad to know organizations like this have to exist, but wonderful to know through our help, we can bring hope to so many kids.”

First Community Credit Union would like to thank their members and people throughout the community for their support to Project Ignite Light. FCCU recently sat down with Pebbles Thompson, Founder and Creator of Project Ignite Light, to hear more about the work she does with her charity in episode three of our podcast, Let’s CU Succeed. Listen to First Community Credit Union’s podcast on, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and more.

Project Ignite Light strives to give thousands of abused children a piece of security and hope. They do this by providing ‘Bags of Hope’ delivered through local advocacy centers. The bags are customized for the child’s age and gender and include items such as a blanket, pajamas, undergarments, personal hygiene items, flashlight, book and a water bottle. Every reported abused child receives a free bag. Currently they provide approximately 400 bags each month throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Since their founding eleven years ago, Project Ignite Light has helped nearly 20,000 children and they have a goal of bringing this program nationwide. For more information visit