Southern California’s Helping Hands (SCHH) Delivers Holiday Cheer
750 Toys Gifted to Students at Cortada Elementary School
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Michelle Hunter, SVP Marketing and Development
El Monte, CA.—The holiday season is extra special this year for hundreds of underprivileged
kids at El Monte’s Cortada Elementary School thanks to the generosity of Southern California’s
Helping Hands (SCHH).
On Tuesday, December 14, in the midst of an ordinary school day, one class at a time was
surprised with 750 brand new toys. Throughout the day, each student took their turn choosing a gift from the wide variety of toys that included Lego sets, Barbie dolls, craft kits, board games, sporting equipment, and more.
“Today is a very exciting and emotional day for the children and staff” stated Mrs. Flores,
Principal of Cortada Elementary School. “The majority of these students come from families with
annual incomes below the federal poverty line. They are struggling in these difficult economic
times, which makes the holidays very stressful. This was truly a blessing.”
SCHH saw the need and jumped at the opportunity to support this community. Working closely
with the district’s Child Development Department, SCHH was able to support the community by
purchasing more than $10,500 in new toys for the 621 students and Target gift cards for the 24 teachers at Cortada Elementary School.
“It is our hope that these toys help brighten the holiday season for each child” said Alissa
Charlton, SCHH board chair. “The happiness and memories that toys provide are very important
to the growth of children. We hope that these toys will enrich the lives of children who would
have otherwise never received them.”
The remaining toys were donated to other charities in the city of El Monte.
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 www.CUSoCal.org/SCHH.htm, 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 is dedicated to
providing Members with World-Class Service, competitive products, and convenience. With more than $579 million in assets, 40,000 Members, and eight branch locations, CU SoCal is dedicated to the credit union motto of “People Helping People.” Our products and services are highly competitive with banks and other financial providers. Visit www.CUSoCal.org or call 562.698.8326 for further information. Membership is open to those who live, work, or worship in Orange County, the San Gabriel Valley, and the cities in between.