It was all smiles Monday at The Market at Eastpoint on Northeast 23rd between Rhode Island and Kelham Avenue as True Sky Credit Union paid the tab for unexpected grocery shoppers.
The event took place between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday. As shoppers showed up, they were informed by the staff from the credit union that 35 items would be purchased by the credit union, which left the customers in disbelief.
“I came in and they said we’re buying the groceries. What a surprise!” shopper Derrick Neighbors said.
As word got out, shoppers made their way to the store.
“I woke up and then my friend said, ‘Hey man, they’re giving away groceries at the new store,’” shopper Mike Adams said. “I grew up on the east side, been here my whole life. I’ve never seen anything like this.”
True Sky Credit Union was previously known as the FAA Credit Union. About five years ago, they made the name change in order to make it available for anyone to join.
“Part of our investment in the community is just wanting to say, ‘Hello,’ and to be good neighbors,” True Sky Credit Union vice president of marketing and community development Jon Skelly said. “The Market at Eastpoint is just a phenomenal establishment, and so, we thought what better way to introduce ourselves than to come and to buy peoples groceries.”
Jonathan Veal with Restore OKC, the parent company of The Market at Eastpoint, met Skelly at the grand opening of the market.
“We’ve already in a short amount of time seen faces just surprised, when we say your groceries are free today.” Veal said.
True Sky Credit Union is opening its new location on Northeast 50th Street and Martin Luther King this Saturday.
The credit union is inviting the entire community out to tour the new location. There will also be free food, music, a hot air balloon and giveaways.