Black Hills FCU Donates Over 75,000 School Supplies!
by CUAD Communications

Rapid City, SD – Continuing their mission of improving lives, Black Hills Federal Credit Union recently donated over 75,000 school supplies to more than 60 area schools. The annual school supply drive provides more than 20,000 students in 17 communities across South Dakota with the supplies they need for a successful school year.

“Educators distribute the supplies to students as needed,” explained Heidi Bulman, community development officer for BHFCU. “This year we did things a little differently, recognizing the need for social distancing and less high-touch items. With so many unknowns for students, families, and local businesses, we focused our efforts around supplies that kids would need regardless of where they were attending class,” she added. 

To gather the necessary supplies, the credit union relies on donations from members, the community, and area businesses. The team knew the school supply drive would be more challenging, and smaller than previous years, but remained focused on giving all students an equal opportunity to learn and succeed.

“The supply drive is a testament to our members and community partners, who even during tough years, continue to lend a hand to help area students and teachers,” said Carol Brown, vice president of marketing and business development for BHFCU. “What started as just a few boxes of supplies has grown into an amazing community-wide project, thanks to local businesses and supporters.”

In preparation for the 2020-2021 school year, BHFCU’s employees spent countless hours collecting, sorting and packaging supplies for area schools. Donations to the drive are made through the Black Hills FCU Charitable Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Established in Rapid City in 1941, Black Hills Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-forprofit, financial cooperative serving more than 78,000 members. The community-chartered credit union has locations in Rapid City, Custer, Eagle Butte, Hot Springs, Pierre, Sioux Falls, Spearfish, Sturgis, and Wall, South Dakota. For more information, visit

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