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December 21, 2022
Grow Financial Foundation Supports Silver Santas to Share Joy with Seniors
Crossword puzzle books. Tracksuit sets. Fuzzy slippers and stuffed teddy bears. These are just a few of the requested items submitted to Silver Santas, a local nonprofit that brings holiday cheer to low-income seniors in the Tampa Bay Area. Thanks to the support of Grow members, team members and community members, the Grow Financial Foundation was able to share lots of gifts to benefit seniors in need over the holiday season.
About Silver Santas
Silver Santas is a volunteer-based project that delivers gifts during the holiday season to isolated and low-income seniors through providers, such as assisted living communities, senior housing communities and home-based care professionals. The organization relies on public donations to provide gifts of clothing, toiletries and household items. Several Grow team members are personally involved with Silver Santas, including Tracy Curry, Market Manager at our Largo store. Curry said, “I’ve always felt that the elderly can get forgotten around the holidays. Usually, the focus is on children, but I wanted to make an impact on the elderly. This initiative has allowed me to give back to those who are in need of a little holiday cheer. Three years later, Silver Santas is going strong, and we have donated over five truckloads of gifts.”
Here’s how Silver Santas works
Step 1: Caring professionals submit gift requests. Seniors who are in danger of being forgotten over the holiday season are identified by caring professionals, including social workers, senior community activity directors and other professionals who work for healthcare providers serving the senior population.
Step 2: Local businesses share wish lists with the community. Collection boxes for Silver Santas were stationed at all Grow stores in the Tampa Bay Area between November 28 and December 9.
Step 3: Community members shop the wish lists. Anyone wanting to support Silver Santas donates gifts for seniors at any collection box at Grow or other local businesses. We’re so grateful that many of our members and visitors participated by donating wish-list items this year!
Step 4: Seniors receive their gifts. Caring professionals share the holiday cheer with seniors in need and deliver the gifts.
The Grow Financial Foundation also wanted to share joy with seniors in need in our South Carolina communities. We collected donations to benefit Senior Resources, Inc., an organization based in Columbia that provides necessary services and care for low-income seniors. Thanks again to everyone who donated gifts to support seniors in our local Tampa Bay Area and Columbia and Charleston communities! Learn more about Silver Santas and Senior Resources, Inc.
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When you make a payment online, by phone or on a mobile device, you may be asked for our routing number and your checking account number. Credit unions and banks use these numbers to identify accounts and make sure money gets where it’s supposed to be. You’ll also need to provide your routing and checking account numbers for:
- Direct deposits
- Electronic checks
- Military allotments
- Wire transfers
Where to Find Your Routing & Checking Account Numbers
Your personal checks include both our routing number and your account number, as shown on the Grow check example below.
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Visit any Grow store and ask for a Direct Deposit Form. It lists both your routing number and checking account number.
Making a Loan Payment
When it comes to making payments, we try to make it as painless as possible to pay your loan every month. We have several different ways to pay, including convenient online options.
You have two ways to pay online by transferring funds from another bank or credit union.
- Grow Online Banking (Preferred payment method for any loan)
This is the simplest way to pay your loan. You can make one-time payments or set up automatic recurring payments in Grow Online Banking. Once you log in, select “Transfer/Payments” from the menu. If you’re not enrolled in Grow Online Banking yet, you can set up your account in just a few minutes.
- Debit Card or ACH (Available for auto, personal loans and HELOCs)
Note: ACH and debit card payments are not available for credit cards or most mortgages, except HELOCs.
We accept ACH payments with no additional fees or Mastercard® and Visa® debit cards with a convenience fee of $4.95. To get started with an online ACH or debit card payment, select Pay Now below.
Pay by Mail
You can also pay any Grow loan by check through the mail. Please remember to include your account number and Grow loan number on the check. (For credit card payments, please do not write your 16-digit credit card number on the check, which can cause a delay in processing the payment.)
Address for auto, credit card, personal loan and HELOC payments:
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 75466
Chicago, IL 60675-5466
Address for personal first or second mortgages and home equity payments:
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 11733
Newark, NJ 07101-4733