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We all know how easy it is to fill your virtual shopping cart with holiday gifts ordered from big box and online retailers. But this holiday season, WECU reminds you to shop locally when possible. After all, there’s no shortage of amazing local businesses offering fun, high-quality goods that will definitely please someone on your gift list.

“Shopping locally is less convenient but it’s more fun and it makes a difference,” says WECU Vice President of Business Banking, Kent Bouma. “We want to live in a community that’s full of diverse, unique, and interesting small businesses, so we all must work hard to keep them alive.”

This year, WECU is spotlighting a handful of local businesses in several communities with a series of short videos, all to get shoppers thinking about local gifting.

From Blaine and Ferndale’s Anytime Toffee and Lynden’s Cheek’s Jeans to Bellingham’s Garden Spot Nursery and Skagit County’s Docking Bay 93, the videos feature WECU employees providing some very appealing options for holiday gift hunting.

“The videos showcase just a few of the many small businesses out there,” Bouma says, adding that the showcase is on par with WECU’s many years of sponsorship towards Sustainable Connections’ “Think Local First” campaign.

“It’s great to see the community to come together to support each other,” he says. “Supporting local is a key part of the WECU brand and true to the credit union mission.”

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