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Just Ahead of Mother’s Day, Hardworking Single Mom Receives ‘Random Act of Kindness’ from Desert Financial Credit Union

May 2, 2019

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 2, 2019--Desert Financial Credit Union, which turns 80 years old this month, is continuing its ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ campaign, and spreading joy across the Valley. One such random act came at the perfect time for Queen Creek’s Kate Norwood.

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Desert Financial Credit Union representatives, including President & CEO Jeff Meshey, pose with surprise recipient, Kate Norwood and Lyft representatives. (Photo: Business Wire)

Thinking she was headed to the Lyft Driver Hub to film a Mother’s Day media segment recently, Norwood was surprised when a large group of Desert Financial employees wearing brightly colored shirts walked into the room with a giant check.

Turns out, the single mother of three was there to be celebrated. Desert Financial employees gave her a check for $1,000 and $200 in additional movie-themed goodies. Lyft added to the day’s surprises, with a $200 Visa gift card and $300 in Lyft credit.

“Our Random Acts of Kindness campaign spreads kindness around the Valley through giveaways, surprises and more,” says Desert Financial President & CEO Jeff Meshey. “Providing Kate with some extra funds and a movie-themed gift basket as a random act was especially meaningful just ahead of Mother’s Day.”

The Random Act of Kindness was the result of another kindness - a Team Member at Desert Financial’s Queen Creek branch location heard the mother’s story and submitted her as a candidate for the program. She was delighted when she heard the news that Kate had been selected.

“Kate’s story touched my heart, and I was so happy to help by nominating her,” said Lexis Najer, Member Solutions Representative, Desert Financial.

The team at Lyft was also critical to pulling off the special moment. When Desert Financial reached out to them about the opportunity to highlight one of their drivers who also happened to be a Desert Financial member, they jumped at the chance.

“We appreciate our drivers and what they contribute to Lyft, so this was a fun and special way to help honor one of them,” says Drena Kusari, Regional General Manager, Lyft.

Desert Financial’s Random Acts of Kindness are continuing throughout the region in 2019, and will be especially visible this month as the credit union celebrates 80 years.

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Desert Financial Credit Union

Celebrating 80 years in Arizona, Desert Financial is the state’s largest credit union with $4.6 billion in assets, more than 330,000 members and 48 locations across the Valley. As a not-for-profit cooperative, Desert Financial prides itself on sharing success with its members, its team and the wider community. In 2018, Desert Financial gave $7M back to the community and its members, through programs including Teacher Appreciation and Random Acts of Kindness. Learn more at www.desertfinancial.com.


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