Chinook Financial delivers early gift to loyal client
Credit Union picks up bills to help before Christmas
Local man, Garry Nargang, received an early Christmas present thanks to Chinook Financial, and his reaction is going viral.
The divisions of Connect First Credit Union has made a difference to some of its clients in 13 communities by paying some of their bills to help relieve the stress of the holiday season. This is the second year for their Making Money Make a Difference campaign and they have made a video of the experience.
“It can be difficult to not worry about bill and mortgage payments in the tough economy faced by so many of our communities,” said Scot Hadden, President of Chinook Financial. “We wanted to give back in a way that lets our members focus on what the holidays are all about: family and friends.”
In Drumheller, Nargang walked into Chinook Financial and was told the Credit Union would be making a payment to his credit card and a car payment. His reaction is featured in the five-minute video that is being shared online.
“It was a good shock,” Nargang tells The Mail, adding the last time he received a present this nice was, “the day I married Fran (his wife).”
He has watched the video and enjoyed it. He has nothing but accolades for the Credit Union.
“I think they do so much for the community that we don’t see,” said Nargang. “They asked me why I come here, and I said because of the service.”
Chinook Financial associate Sheresse Thompson had the honour of informing Nargang that he was the recipient of the Making Money Make a Difference campaign and it was emotional.
“What an amazing thing,” said Thompson. ”I mean this is what we do, we pay it forward to our members and help people when they need us. Seeing the video brings up all that emotion again, but being there on the day and doing it is even more powerful than the video, if you believe that, and it is days like this that I live for.”
What makes the experience even more powerful is that in a community the size of Drumheller relationships are very close.
“Our members are our friends and family and people we see day in and day out. For me, I grew up with all of them, known them since I was a kid, so it is very much family and being able to do something for them very much warms my heart.”
Chinook Financial gave a hand up to Garry Nargang by paying his credit card and car payment as part of the Making Money Make a Difference campaign. A video of the experience is spreading online.