On the Road: Walking Tour Finale & Holiday Parades

The Ending Hunger Walking Tour Finale

Yesterday credit union employees joined me in celebrating the grand finale for Brenda Davis' Ending Hunger Walking Tour. We gathered at the Bangor Federal Credit Union yesterday morning to welcome "home" Brenda after walking across Maine to raise awareness and money for Ending Hunger in Maine. 

Brenda started her tour on October 25 and her walk visited every county in Maine, encompassed 750-800 miles on foot (nearly 1,800 combined by car and foot), 80 communities and 88 credit union locations.

Getting organized before Brenda's arrival

Getting organized before Brenda's arrival

If not for the help and support from Bangor FCU, Changing Seasons FCU, University Credit Union, EMMC FCU, Brewer FCU, and Down East Credit Union this welcoming celebration would not have been the same. But with the staff from Bangor FCU and the surrounding credit unions, we had a good crowd showing their support for Brenda and her walk. 

The crowd formed two lines to create a "food chain" where we handed non perishable food items from one person to the next all the way down the line. We did this as Brenda came walking up the drive to the Bangor FCU. 

Brenda was thrilled about the food chain and even helped carry food before she crossed the finish line. Not only was she pleasantly surprised about the food chain but the number of people who were there to welcome her. When we retreated inside, she addressed the crowd by saying this was the largest gathering she had seen in the 12 years she has been walking for Ending Hunger. I also had the chance to speak to her son and two daughters, who were all thankful so many people came to support Brenda. 

Parade of Lights 

To end my day yesterday, I headed down to Lewiston to be part of the "Parade of Lights" for the Twin Cities Holiday Celebration with Community Credit Union. Although the Green Machine was not decked out in holiday lights or tinsel, there was enough holiday cheer to go around. Community Credit union had an awesome Hawaiian themed Christmas float. And their mascot Monty the Moose was even decked out in a Hawaiian shirt toped with Christmas lights. 

I was fortune to be able to have two events in one day yesterday. Even though I was busy driving around Maine, both events were worth the heartwarming experience to see how tightly knit each of the communities are. 

 

Spread the holiday cheer!

Lauren R. 

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