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For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Hunter,
Senior Vice President of Marketing and Development
Direct: 714.671.2746

Pomona, CA.—The holiday season is extra special this year for hundreds of underprivileged kids at Pomona’s Washington Elementary School, thanks to the generosity of Credit Union of Southern California’s (CU SoCal’s) company charity, Southern California Helping Hands (SCHH).

On Thursday, December 20, 2012, in the midst of an ordinary school day, one class at a time was surprised with a room full of new toys. Throughout the day, students took turns choosing a gift from the wide variety of toys that included: Lego® sets, BarbieTM dolls, art kits, board games, sports equipment, and more.

“Today is a very exciting and joyful day for the children and staff,” stated Alan Pantanini, Principal of Washington Elementary School. “The majority of our students come from families with annual incomes below the federal poverty line. Seeing their eyes light up with excitement as they enter Santa’s workshop is heartwarming.”

The local credit union charity saw the need and jumped at the opportunity to support this community. Working closely with the district’s Education Center, SCHH purchased more than $14,000 in new toys for the 842 students as well as Target® gift cards for the 33 teachers and StarbucksTM cards for all of the classified staff members at Washington Elementary School.

“It’s not about the gifts,” stated Melissa Manning, SCHH board chair. “It’s about touching someone’s life. We hope that these toys help brighten the holiday season for each child.”

The remaining toys were donated to other charities in the city of El Monte and Placentia.

About Southern California’s Helping Hands (SCHH)

Founded in 1997 by Credit Union of Southern California employees, SCHH’s vision is to provide Southern California’s poor and needy families with the basic necessities of life, treating them with dignity and respect. Our program provides food, clothing, and financial assistance to families in need, and supports other charitable organizations in Southern California. For more information, visit, or call 866 CU SoCal (866.287.6225) toll-free.

About Credit Union of Southern California (CU SoCal)

Founded in 1954 as Whittier Area Schools Federal Credit Union, CU SoCal has a five-star financial rating from BauerFinancial, a nationally recognized independent research firm. Today, CU SoCal has nearly $700 million in assets and is dedicated to Building Better Lives for its 55,000 Member-Owners through World-Class Service, competitive products, and convenience. Membership is open to those who live, work, worship, or attend school in Orange County, San Gabriel Valley, the cities connecting those geographic areas, as well as Chino, Chino Hills, Ontario, Pomona and San Bernardino. For more information, visit

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