Southern California’s Helping Hands (SCHH) Delivers Holiday Cheer to South Ranchito Elementary Schoo Posted on December 14, 2011

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Hunter,
Senior Vice President of Marketing and Development
Direct: 714.671.2746
MHunter@CUSoCal.org

Pico Rivera, CA.—The holiday season is extra special this year for hundreds of underprivileged kids at Pico Rivera’s South Ranchito Elementary School thanks to the generosity of Southern California’s Helping Hands (SCHH).

On Thursday, December 15, 2011, 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, Barbie dolls, craft kits, board games, sporting equipment, and more.

“Today is a very exciting and emotional day for the children and staff,” stated Ms. Margaret Norman, Principal of South Ranchito 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 purchased more than $11,500 in new toys for the 722 students and Target gift cards for the 27 teachers at South Ranchito Elementary School.

“It’s not about the gifts,” stated Melissa Manning, SCHH board chair. “It’s about being able to touch 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.

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, 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 $558 million in assets, 42,000 Members, and seven 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.

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