They call it "Giving Tuesday" -- a day when people are encouraged to take a break from shopping and give instead of spend. For employees at Credit Union 1, the holiday is an important one.

Senior vice President of Communications Chrissy Bell said for the last four years, the credit union has participated by giving money to every employee, this year a total of $19,000. Bell said they can spend it pretty much however they want, as long as it goes towards helping other people.

"We've had employees take clothing to Covenant House, take goodies to the AWAIC Shelter. Go out and pay people's electric bills, go out and help pay for people's gas," said Bell. "It's up to them. Whatever they want to do to spread some CU1 love is what we call it."

This year, a number of employees chose random acts of kindness at the gas pump. Sharita Napper, who normally works in the marketing department, was one of those surprising drivers at the Fred Meyer station on Abbott Road. Napper said the response was great from people who were genuinely appreciative.

"I think it definitely sparks some giving back and random acts of kindness throughout the community," she said.

Employees were each given $50 to spend on others but many pooled their money to get larger items for local charities, or, in this case pump more gas. Napper said the opportunity to pass on a kindness was inspiring. She said she looks forward to this day every year.

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