Philanthropy: Alaska USA, Boys and Girls Clubs

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union members and the Alaska USA Foundation contributed nearly $50,000 to support community food banks during the annual Cash for Cans food drive.

The credit union's 67 branches collected the money, which was donated to a record 17 food banks in Alaska, Washington and California. Alaska donations benefited the Food Bank of Alaska in Anchorage, Bethel Lions Club, Fairbanks Community Food Bank, Palmer Food Bank, Mat-Su Food Bank in Wasilla, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, Kodiak Island Food Bank, Homer Community Food Pantry, Southeast Alaska Food Bank in Juneau and the Salvation Army in Ketchikan.

Boys & Girls Clubs announced its selection as an official partner of Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids, an annual giving program from Payless ShoeSource. The Anchorage and Eagle River sites split 200 gift cards donated by the company. Club staff took kids to Payless ShoeSource stores during the holiday break to shop for shoes.

This is the sixth year of the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program.