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Hudson River Financial FCU is proud to announce that the credit union will again be an official drop-off site for Halloween candy to support the Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops program. Soldiers’ Angels, a national 501(c)3 nonprofit, hosts an annual collection drive for excess Halloween candy. The organization ships the candy to deployed service members around the world for a sweet treat from home. They also utilize their “Angel” volunteers to distribute candy to veterans of all eras in VA Hospitals across the country.

Last year, thanks to the help from our valued members and school partners, Hudson River Financial contributed more than 750lbs of donated candy to troops overseas and veterans at home through the Treats for Troops program. This year, the Credit Union has set a goal of 1,000lbs of candy.

Collections will be accepted at Hudson River Financial FCU’s branch – 3563 Mohegan Avenue, Mohegan Lake, NY – until Tuesday, November 5th, and the credit union again is offering local schools and youth community organizations to partner with them for this worthy charitable cause.

“We are honored to again be working with Soldiers’ Angels for this year’s Treats for Troops program, and engage with our local community to give back to the brave men and women who sacrifice so much for us each and every day” said Hudson River Financial President/CEO Thomas J. Powers Jr. “Each piece of candy donated will represent a small token of gratitude from our members and community to our troops and veterans.”

The vision of Soldiers’ Angels is: May No Soldier Go Unloved. Although the gesture of handing out miniature candy bars may seem small, the impact that small gesture can have on troops and veterans is huge.

“When you are deployed to a combat zone, there are many comfort items you may go without for an extended period of time,” says Amy Palmer, President and CEO of Soldiers’ Angels. “Receiving care packages from home is a wonderful and unexpected surprise. The joy these service members get from opening a package of treats from home is immense and has a profound impact on their morale. The same can be said for veteran patients in VA Hospitals. Some patients have no family or regular visitors. When our Angel volunteers come in with treats like candy, the spirits of these patients are immediately lifted!”

For more information on the program, visit: www.SoldiersAngels.org/TreatsForTroops

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About Hudson River Financial FCU: Hudson River Financial Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution based in Mohegan Lake, NY, offering a wide range of products and services to its more than 6,000 members. Originally chartered in 1938, Hudson River Financial Federal Credit Union is open to all people who live, work or worship in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland Counties. To learn more about the credit union difference visit www.hudsonriverfinancial.org

About Soldiers’ Angels: Soldiers’ Angels is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families, and the growing veteran population. Founded in 2003 by the mother of two American soldiers, hundreds of thousands of Soldiers’ Angels “Angel” volunteers assist veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways.   (Tax ID# 20-058-3415). Learn more at www.soldiersangels.org