Month: December 2020

High 5: Donating Dough With Kid Bread Bakery


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Few things in life feel quite as comforting as freshly-baked bread.

Kid Bread Bakery is a home-based bakery in Salt Lake City that turns out delicious offerings – usually sold to boost Ellie, Henry and Penny White’s funds for camps or vacations.

“Our parents told us if we wanted to go to summer camp, we would have to earn the money ourselves,” Ellie said. “At first we were like, ‘What? No way! We can’t do that!’”

“We’re kids,” Penny said.

“It was a lot more money than we thought we could raise by ourselves,” Ellie added.

So they baked, and baked, and baked. They delivered the goods and made more dough – so much so that they decided to give back.

This year they found Brighter Futures, a foster care organization that needed help to provide a merry Christmas for those in need.

“We were like, ‘Oh my gosh. We can do that. We can help them to have a Christmas this year when otherwise they wouldn’t,’” Ellie said.

They dropped off $160 worth of gifts and money to the organization, thanks to a little flour and sugar and a whole lot of heart.

“I loved it when the coworkers were like, ‘Thank you, you are so awesome,’” Henry said.

“Kids should know that they can do a lot if they have a goal,” mom Emily White said. “If they have an aspiration or if they want to help people, they can. Kids can do a lot.”

America First Credit Union heard about what the White kids are doing, and they wanted to help out, too. They sent Kid Bread Bakery a gift card to put toward their next project.


Crossing Guard, Educators Make Season Special


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – KSL TV has two High 5 shoutouts today, one for a crossing guard who brings some entertainment to the students heading to school, and one for an elementary principal and his neighbors who make the holiday better for others.

In Provo, Amy Wilcox is bringing lots of smiles to her neighborhood in a tough year.

She helps kids safely cross the street at 3450 North and Canyon Road – and she does it while fueling holiday cheer to everyone around.

KSL TV viewer Rebecca Weaver said Wilcox dresses up for the holidays. She wore a different costume every day through October, dressed up as Uncle Sam on Election Day, and is now dressing up as Santa and other characters from classic Christmas stories.

In West Valley City, Pioneer Elementary School principal Doug Johnson and his neighbors decided to forgo handing out gifts to each other and instead had what they called a “Night of Sharing.”

It’s the fourth year they’ve done this.

They gathered gifts and other items that parents and students at Pioneer Elementary could use during the holiday season. Then, the elementary held a gift drop-off event where families drove through, dropped off gifts, and got a picture with Santa.


The Spirit Of Giving In Sanpete County


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – It’s Wednesday, and that means KSL is once again highlighting the goodness and generosity right here in Utah. This morning, those positive vibes of volunteerism are coming from Sanpete County.

Kay Jensen has one piece of advice for people feeling down and out that may be struggling during this pandemic.

“There’s no way to feel better about yourself and about life and the world than to help somebody else,” said Kay Jensen, chairman of the Sanpete Humanitarian Council.

She’s been helping the people of Sanpete County for decades as a nurse, volunteer, organizer and mentor.

As chairman of the Sanpete Humanitarian Council, Jensen sees the direct result of her work — the “Sub 4 Santa” program, “Tree of Angels” and youth service organization bless the lives of those who are less fortunate.

And it really all comes down to paying it forward after helping hands are extended.

“They always end up coming back and paying back,” Jensen said. “If a good deed is done to them, it’s not long until they’re coming in and picking angels and they’re making stuff for Christmas and paying back.”

The council is a humble group with little more online presence than a Facebook page. But that doesn’t stop them from making a big impact, which is why Jensen nominated for a KSL High 5.

“A lot of folks down there in Sanpete (County) believe that you are that angel for so many families. What do you say to them?” KSL’s Dan Spindle asked.

“Oh, well that is so sweet of you and them. I don’t feel like I’m an angel. But I do feel like that I open a lot of doors, especially for young people,” she said.

Our friends at America First Credit Union loved what Jensen is doing, so they sent her a gift card to say thank you and help out especially this time of year.


While Seeming to Have the Least, Some are Offering the Most

John LundBy John B. Lund, President & Chief Executive Officer

We have all probably experienced seeing someone in need, but may have felt helpless, lacking the resources or ability to intervene. We also likely know others who find a way to lend comfort, no matter the circumstances. One such person is named Dale and, with his permission, I will share some of his story.

Dale has faced many significant challenges and knows what it’s like to be desperate, out of work, without transportation, lacking hope, and fearing what comes next. He battled substance abuse and addiction for over 20 years. A farm-related accident left him seriously injured, spending 56 days in the hospital and another six months in a wheelchair.

While never technically homeless, Dale is familiar with sleeping in barns, vehicles, and temporary shelters. He gives much of the credit for turning his life around to the fine people in his community and church. They offered support, hosted him for dinner, provided counseling, training, and assistance in gaining employment & housing.

He now resides in the central part of Ogden, Utah. Going about his daily activities, Dale not only noticed but befriended many in the homeless population. He quickly recognized there wasn’t much he could do to address the many issues they faced; however, he still wanted to make a small difference in their lives.

With cold weather on the way, Dale decided to gather warm clothing, reaching out to those who had offered him so much when he was at risk. Using email, texts, social media and word of mouth, there was an outpouring of donated blankets, coats, sweaters, boots, socks, gloves, hats, backpacks, and more. The contributions were amazing and much was accomplished to brighten the day and season for these deserving individuals.

My wife approached Dale to thank him for giving so many of us this service opportunity. She was touched by his response. First, he was humble about organizing the effort, saying he learned firsthand from his friends about thinking of others rather than himself. For those who are homeless, he explained, it’s a struggle to stay warm and clean. They want self-respect like everyone else.

Dale’s compassion was strongly evident to my wife. He said that during the summer, if he ever had a little extra money, he would buy cold drinks and hand them out. The drinks they find on the street are usually warm and not very good, but a cold soda was so much more refreshing and made them feel more normal.

I feel personally blessed to count Dale as a friend and I’m honored to learn from his example. I was reminded to put myself in another’s shoes and recognize the positive influence we can have if we just try. This is a special season, one in which we tend to think more of others. Just as Dale has, I hope we can all be more sensitive to and considerate of those around us, not only during this time of celebration, but throughout the year.

Our mission at America First is to improve the membership’s financial well-being, stay relevant and sensitive to individual needs, and serve you in the manner that best suits your situation. We remain committed to this ideal and look forward to a lifetime relationship with you and your family. Happy holidays and best wishes for a safe and meaningful new year.