"It's just a way to give back to the community and tell the community we appreciate them," said Cockerham.

Ascension Credit Union celebrated National Credit Union Week with random acts of kindness. President and CEO Lloyd Cockerham called it their way of giving back to the community.

The credit union footed the bill for lunches at Sweet and Savory on Tuesday, October 21. The new restaurant on East Worthey Street in Gonzales saw plenty of enthusiastic customers eager for their free meal.

Residents enjoyed another free lunch at Starlight Espresso Cafe on Thursday, as ACU covered diners' tabs at the cafe on Burnside. Some people had no idea about the promotion. They were in for a pleasant surprise when Cockerham greeted them at the door and informed them that lunch was free.

"It's just a way to give back to the community and tell the community we appreciate them," said Cockerham.

Friday, Cockerham grilled burgers and hot dogs for anyone who came by the credit union in Gonzales between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

During National Credit Union Week, Cockerham explained the difference between credit unions and banks. He said credit unions are owned by the members, as opposed to a bank owned by stock holders.

"So by doing that, we can have lower rates on loans, higher rates on deposits, lower fees, and be better for the consumer," Cockerham said.

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