Awards and Honors

Direct Federal Credit Union Surprises 24 Local Heroes

$500 Grants Based On Nominations Made From The Community

Keith Griffin

August 12, 2020

Two students honored for serving the community

Direct Federal Credit Union in Needham, Massachusetts, presented 24 winners of their Acts of Kindness Awards Program introduced this Spring with $500.

Among the winners was Tilly Appiah. She is the Sunday school teacher for her church. Since COVID-19, she has been driving around on Sundays to the houses of her students. She encourages them to sing one or two songs with her while maintaining social distancing. This puts lots of smiles on the children's faces and brings them some comfort in this time of confusion and uncertainty, according to her nomination.

As part of the credit union's initial response to COVID-19, Direct Federal used this program to highlight positivity happening in the community and reward and recognize selfless, hardworking, and compassionate individuals throughout Norfolk and Middlesex counties. During a time of increased financial hardships, the credit union wanted to spread kindness by setting aside $10,000 for deserving individuals.

Direct Federal solicited nominations through social media for people who were deserving of a random act of kindness. The credit union selected 23 winners and were so moved by one of the nominators, they rewarded her as well. In total, Direct Federal distributed $11,000. The nominators of each winner assisted in the coordination of surprise presentations done during the months of June and July. Winners of the Acts of Kindness Awards are as follows:

“We are thrilled to recognize these 24 outstanding, selfless members of our community. Along with many others during this pandemic, these people embody the notion that a life spent serving others is a life well spent," said Joe Walsh, President and CEO of Direct Federal Credit Union.

Pictured are two sisters were nominated by their mother, Aubrey. Caroline, a 2020 graduate of Needham High School, has been making an active effort to give back to the community during COVID-19. Every week, Caroline and Elle shop for groceries and supplies then deliver them to at least one family in need.

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