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Santa Protectors receives Centra grant

Sheriff Justin Parker sorts through winter gloves with Tristen Smith to find the right fit during the 2018 Santa Protectors shopping spree on Dec. 15, 2018.

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Centra Credit Union is donating $2,500 to Santa Protectors, a Shelbyville Fire Department program.

This donation is one of 41 grants of $2,500 each to non-profits within the communities Centra serves, totaling more than $100,000 in donations throughout central and southern Indiana.

Centra team members were asked to nominate the non-profits they feel passionate about supporting, and one non-profit was selected for each branch and department within Centra. The team from the Shelbyville branch nominated Santa Protectors, a group that raises money to take underprivileged children Christmas shopping in December.

“Centra Team Members love being able to support the causes they care about through this program, and we are proud to be able to support the communities we serve with these donations,” said Centra Community Involvement Officer Jenni Carr in a media release. “We chose to support many local non-profits, along with a few national organizations like the American Red Cross and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.”

All of the donations will be delivered to the non-profits by the end of November.

“These wonderful organizations support a similar mission and serve the local communities where Centra has a presence. Credit Unions were built on the premise of People Helping People, and we are excited to provide support to these causes,” said Centra president and CEO Rick Silvers.

Centra Credit Union is a community-based, full-service financial institution serving more than 150,000 members with 24 branch locations throughout central and southern Indiana, and in Jamestown, New York, and Whitakers, North Carolina.