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Supporting Wigs 4 Kids!
Authored By: Mara Simanskey on 2/14/2019

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Supporting Wigs 4 Kids!

MFCU Community Difference Project

Members First Credit Union Employee Shaves Head to Donate Hair

Members First Credit Union employee Melanie Duke, Branch Manager of the Blue Grass location in Mt. Pleasant, MI, shaved her head to donate her hair to Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan. Duke was excited to share the experience as part of MFCU’s Community Difference Project.

“It was my 38th birthday and another one of my coworkers had just been diagnosed with breast cancer,” explained Duke when asked why this was important to her. “This had been the third in 3 years. I thought about all of the people in my life that have been touched by cancer, close friends who had lost their daughter to cancer WAY to young, and another coworker and her family’s battle with childhood cancer. It was overwhelming.”

Duke continued to share why she decided to donate her hair, “Someone shared an amazing video on Facebook about Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan. I went to the organizations website, researched and learned about some of the illnesses and contributing factors to children’s hair loss. I definitely received an education. I love helping local businesses help other Michiganders, especially children. I decided I would grow out my hair for two years until I turned 40, then donate it. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to ‘Go All In’ and donate every last inch that I could. I am so excited to be able to support this amazing organization that is helping children smile!”

MFCU wanted to encourage Duke in her journey and both Mt. Pleasant branch locations held fundraisers through the Community Difference Project, raising $400 to donate in addition to Duke’s hair donation.

The Community Difference Project was started on the foundation of the credit union philosophy “people helping people.” The staff members are committed and passionate about living this philosophy by providing non-profit organizations support through monetary donations, random acts of kindness and volunteering. Visit for more information.

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