Category Archives: Contests

The Charms of Charity

BrightStar Credit Union is happy to help the community with a brand new contest

 photo shutterstock_169952327_zpsb95114b9.jpgWho doesn’t love a good charity? Whether it’s making a child’s wish come true or helping someone who lives in poverty, charities have a way of making the world a better place. You may be someone that donates on a weekly basis or maybe you have always thought about donating but it always slips your mind. Whatever the case may be, donations to any organization have benefits that are not only physical, but emotional as well.

Most of us can agree that donating money, time or property would make even the scroogiest person feel good. But there are more benefits than just making yourself feel better.

1.Show your appreciation

Maybe you went through some hard times and there was a food bank that was always there when you needed help. Donating time, money or food is an excellent way to show your gratitude toward them. Another way to show your appreciation is to make a donation under the name of a lost loved one. It’s a great way to honor them and their beliefs. Just choose an organization that meant a lot to them and give what you can. Any donation will show your appreciation and give back to the community.

2. Stay informed about social injustices

A social injustice is something that is happening in society that is unfair. For example, maybe you heard of the KONY 2012 campaign sponsored by Invisible Children. It is a viral video that taught the world about Joseph Kony, a war criminal that kidnaps children in Africa to make them apart of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The children are often forced to kill their family with “blunt tools” and girls are abducted to become sex slaves. It’s a very horrific topic but still something the world should know about. Well, that campaign raised more than $15,000,000 back in 2012 and is still fundraising today. By donating to Invisible Children or any other organization, you can stay up-to-date with social issues that are important to you.

3. Simple as Paying It Forward

Imagine you’re in line at the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru, waiting to pay for your medium coffee and an egg and cheese bagel. When you pull up to the window (with your BrightStar Credit Union debit card of course) the worker tells you your breakfast has been paid for. It turns out the person in the car in front of you paid for your meal. This is known as Pay It Forward. If someone did a random act of kindness for you, all you have to do is Pay It Forward by doing an act of kindness for a stranger. This could be anything from complimenting a stranger to packing a lunch for a homeless person. It doesn’t have to be anything big, just something that will make your community a better place.

4. Tax-deductible donations

A tax-deductible donation is simply an item or expense you donated to a qualified tax-exempt organization. You then subtract your donation from your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) to lower the amount of taxes you pay. These donations will actually help you because tax laws let you claim a deduction for most of the cash or items you donate as long as the value is more than $250.

5. Clean the clutter

Do you have a garage that is filled with old furniture, like couches, TV’s and dining room tables? Spring cleaning may have already passed but you can get rid of the furniture and donate it to organizations like Goodwill. It offers limited at-home pickup in certain areas for large, gently-used items.

6. Make new friends

If you’re new to the area and don’t have many friends or just interested in meeting a new group, volunteering is a great way to meet people. South Florida offers tons of opportunities to help your community, like becoming a Literacy Ambassador to help at-risk children enjoy reading or helping out at a charity dog wash to support the South Florida Siberian Husky Rescue. Wherever you decide to volunteer, you’re sure to meet new people and maybe even find a new hobby.

Now it’s time for the fun stuff! BrightStar Credit Union wants to help you help your community. Keep checking the BrightStar Credit Union Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates on an exciting contest coming up that could help out your favorite charity.






Back to School Giveaway!

We’re giving away 6 gift baskets filled with school supplies from ACE Educational Supplies – A teacher store for school supplies. Just “like” BrightStar’s & ACE’s page on Facebook. If you’re already a fan, you are entered. Drawing will take place on 8/24/12. All winners will be notified via FB & must pick up prize at a BrightStar branch. If you know a teacher or student, spread the word!! Good Luck

Happy Holidays! It’s time for our online Holiday Giveaway. We’re awarding prize packages valued at over $100 to 3 lucky BrightStar members. Just share a brief holiday story or memory on our Facebook page. For details, click the link below. Good luck!

Win One of Five Apple iPads

Five lucky BrightStar members will each win an Apple iPad. It’s easy and FREE to enter. All you have to do is sign up for e-Statements. We will give away the first iPad at the end of July, and one each month until the end of November. If you are already registered for e-Statements, then you’re already entered into our sweepstakes.

By using e-Statements, you can help reduce paper, lower costs for our cooperative, plus you’ll help the environment. Less paper means more trees!

To register for e-Statements, login to BrightStar’s Online Banking from our home page Once in Online Banking select e-Statements to register.

Where Could $10,000 Take You This Summer?

Where Could $10,000 Take You This Summer? Find out by entering our Summer Sweepstakes. You could win by simply paying your bills!

Here’s How to Enter:

Pay at least 3 bills using BrightStar’s Online BillPay in June and July 2011, and you’ll automatically receive an entry into the sweepstakes for EVERY bill paid!

If you are not already enrolled in Online BillPay, it’s free and easy to enroll. Simply go to our home page ( and log in to your account. Then once logged into Online Banking select the BillPay option. You will then be prompted to register.

  •  Grand Prize $10,000
  • First Prize $2,000 Travel Certificate
  • Second Prize 16 GB Apple iPad™ with Case
  • Third Prize $100

Details & Official Rules at

Winner of our $50 Limerick Contest is….

The votes are in! We’d like to thank everyone for all the great submissions but, unfortunately we can only pick one winner. The winner of our $50 Limerick Contest is Linda I! Congrats, you are getting some Green my friend 🙂

Didn’t get a chance to read them? Check out our FB page

St. Patrick’s Day Limerick Contest

St. Paddy’s Day is right around the corner, and we’re having our first annual Facebook Limerick Contest. You could win $50!

It’s easy to enter. Just “Like” our Facebook page and then post a limerick as a comment on our wall (link below). All entries must be rated PG-13 or cleaner and posted by 5 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, March17th. We’ll select the best limerick, and one person will win a $50 prize. We will announce the winner on March 18th. One entry per person. Posts should be your original work (Please don’t copy someone else’s limerick.)  Give it a try.

What’s a limerick?  It’s a little rhymed verse.  It should be 5 lines and follow this rhyming scheme: a-a-b-b-a.  (This means the first, second and fifth lines should all rhyme, and the second and third lines should rhyme.)  Here’s an example:

There once was a man from Sunny
Who had a problem with money.
He learned how to save
And how to behave.
Then lived a long life with his honey.

The judges don’t really have any specific criteria in mind.  But we’ll probably pick the limerick which makes us laugh the most. Let the rhymes begin. Good Luck!

Here’s the link to our facebook page.

Like Us on Facebook for a Chance to Win School Supplies!

On February 25th, 2011 BrightStar CU will be giving away five $20 gift certificates to ACE Educational Supplies. ACE Educational Supplies provides high quality Educational Supplies for public schools, private schools, teachers, parents and students.  ACE has been serving South Florida school teachers with discounted Educational Supplies for 36 years and became the largest Educational Supply store for educators.

 All you have to do is like BrightStar’s page on facebook at  If you know a teacher or student that would like some new supplies, help spread the word!!Good Luck

 For more information on ACE Educational Supplies, check out their website