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Southern California CU volunteers help community
WHITTIER, Calif. (4/30/08)--With the slowing economy leaving more families in need, Credit Union of Southern California (CU SoCal) employees and members together with other area credit unions helped distribute food April 19 to 3,000 local residents in need.
Credit union volunteers from Credit Union of Southern California (CU SoCal) and other area credit unions helped distribute more than 50,000 pounds of free food and clothing to area residents April 19 at the CU SoCal Whittier, Calif., branch.
Southern California’s Helping Hands, working with Heart of Compassion, held its fourth annual Food Distribution Day at CU SoCal’s Whittier branch. The branch was closed for the event, and more than 2,000 people were given lunch while they waited for groceries. For children waiting with their parents, there were games and coloring sheets. More than 50,000 pounds of food--valued at $100,000--was donated to local residents during the daylong event. “This is great help,” said recipient Silvia Avila. “I work two or three days and it’s not sufficient to pay for gas, lights, telephone and all that. It’s very expensive. Life is very hard.” A CU SoCal member of nearly 25 years volunteered her time to help pass out dried foods at the event. “It was wonderful and so nice to be included,” she said. “I delight in helping others and find that when you’re around ‘givers,’ the atmosphere is wonderful. The whole day made for such a good feeling.”
More than 3,000 local residents received free groceries April 19 at the fourth annual Food Distribution Day at Credit Union of Southern California’s Whittier, Calif., branch. The branch was closed for the event, and more than 2,000 people were given lunch while they waited for groceries. (Photos provided by Credit Union of Southern California)
With this week being National Volunteer Week, Dave Gunderson, president/CEO of the $500 million asset Whittier credit union, recognized the generosity of more than 200 volunteers who participated in the food distribution day. “Putting together an event of this magnitude requires the help of many caring individuals,” he said. “It’s heart-warming to see the compassion and care of so many. A simple thank-you cannot describe the gratitude I feel for those who generously gave their time and financial support to this worthwhile cause. The volunteers were fantastic.”
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