Hughes and Banner Children’s kick off hospital school supply drive

Kellie Terhune Neely

Hughes Federal Credit Union and Banner Children’s are launching a hospital school supply drive to benefit K-12 students attending the Diamond Children’s Medical Center School. The drive will provide needed supplies to help the children stay engaged in their education while hospitalized or coping with learning challenges.

School supplies or cash donations can be dropped off at any Hughes Federal Credit Union branch in Tucson through Sept. 30.

The school’s wish list is available at any Hughes location or at and includes requests for age-appropriate books, educational board games, sensory tools for patients on the autism spectrum, and basics like pencils, paper, crayons, flash cards, Play-Doh, and more.

“Banner Children’s is thrilled to partner with Hughes Federal Credit Union on this worthy school supply drive,” said Chad Whelan, MD, chief executive officer of Banner-University Medicine Tucson. “We all know that education is the foundation for success in a child’s life, and this drive will help ensure hospitalized children do not feel left out or get behind in their studies.”

Through community support, Banner Children’s delivers care to children in hospital and school settings and helps prevent illness and injury through community outreach programs. Banner Children’s also assists children coping with grief and other emotional and physical conditions that impact their lives. Last year, the hospital served more than 400 pediatric student patients.

“We encourage our employees, customers, and the Tucson community to proudly support children in need attending Banner’s Diamond Children’s Medical Center School,” said Hughes’ president and general manager, Robert J. Swick. “Each donation will be recognized prominently in our branches.”

About Diamond Children’s Medical Center

Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center provides pediatric care for children, from newborns to teens. Services include emergency care, heart disorders, traumatic brain injury, autism and developmental disorders, cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastrointestinal and nutritional disorders, neurological problems, orthopedics, intensive care needs, and more. It is the only pediatric medical facility in Arizona connected to an academic research facility—the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center—where physician-scientists conduct groundbreaking basic science and translational research to advance children’s health. For more information, visit

About Hughes Federal Credit Union

Established in Tucson in 1952, Hughes Federal Credit Union has $1.2 billion in assets and nearly 130,000 members. Hughes is rated as one of the best Arizona credit unions by Forbes for two years running and has a Bauer Financial 5-Star “Superior” rating. The credit union is rated A+ and has been accredited by the Better Business Bureau since 1974.

Hughes Federal Credit Union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration.

For more information, visit or follow Hughes at and