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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.






Treat Yourself to a LOW Interest HOLIDAY LOAN

Holiday loan 2Need extra cash this Holiday Season?  Your Credit Union can help with a low-cost Holiday Loan.  Borrow up to $5000 for as low as 7.99% APR from BrightStar Credit Union.

So go ahead, buy those holiday gifts, go on that special trip or do anything else to brighten up your holiday! Holiday Loans are available now through December 31st 2013.

Conditions apply; please see website for more details

Florida Renaissance Festival

We’re a participating sponsor of the Florida Renaissance Festival going on right now, and we’ve got the hook up on some great deals. Get $5 off an adult ticket purchased online. See our website for details . The festival runs through March 13 at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. Log on to for additional event details.

A Home Equity Loan May Be the Smarter Way to Borrow Money

If you have available equity in your home, consider  a BrightStar Credit Union Home Equity Line of Credit. We are running a special offer now with a rate as low as 2.99% APR for the first 6 months of your new loan. There’s no application fee, no annual fees, no closing costs—which is a savings of up to $1200. Plus the interest you pay may be tax deductible. (Consult your tax advisor for details.) You could qualify to borrow up to 80% of the equity in your home. Think of what you could do with the extra cash–make home repairs, consolidate bills, pay tuition, take a trip and so much more. Visit our website for more details.

Treat Yourself to a LOW Interest HOLIDAY LOAN

Need extra cash this Holiday Season?  Your Credit Union can help with a low-cost Holiday Loan.  Borrow up to $5000 for as low as 7.99% APR from BrightStar Credit Union.

So go ahead, buy those holiday gifts, go on that special trip or do anything else to brighten up your holiday! Holiday Loans are available now through December 31st 2010. Conditions apply; please see website for more details

Also, don’t forget to check out our special webpage dedicated to all of our 2010 holiday activities

Did you sign up yet? Don’t miss out on your chance to WIN

Have you signed up for BrightStar e-Statements yet? The deadline is fast approaching for your chance to Win 1 of 3 Prizes, a brand new 40″ LCD HDTV, a 16GB Apple iPad, or an Amazon Kindle? It’s easy and FREE to enter. HURRY Contest ends November 30, 2010. (8 more days) No purchase necessary. More info and official rules available online at


If you have a BrightStar checking account and Visa Check Card, you probably  already know about our great Visa Extras program.  With Visa Extras, you can earn points for your everyday purchases using your enrolled debit card.  Points add up quickly and can be redeemed for great rewards.  But now, you can earn even more points during our holiday bonus period.  It’s going on right now through December 31, 2010.

The more you use your Visa Check Card, the faster the points add up.

Holiday Season Bonus Points

  • Make between $1,500.00 – $1,999.99 in qualifying purchases, earn 500 bonus points.
  • Make between $2,000.00 – $2,499.99 in qualifying purchases, earn 1,000 bonus points.
  • Spend over $2,500 in qualifying purchases, earn 1,500 bonus points.

Check out our website for more details

 Start Rewarding Yourself!

You Could Win a Trip to the Super Bowl for LIFE

Who doesn’t love the Super Bowl; the commercials are enough to keep you glued to your seat the entire time. Well now BrightStar CU and Visa are giving you a chance of a lifetime. Use your BrightStar Visa Debit or Credit Card between September 9 – December 31, 2010, and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to go to the Super Bowl for LIFE! Yup that’s right!

The more you use your Visa card, the more chances you have to win. Each NFL season, the winner and their guest will experience the biggest event in football – the Super Bowl. When you use your Visa card, be it for a burger and fries or a pair of shoes, you’ll have another chance to win.

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