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Kinecta Gives Away Hundreds of Backpacks to Students in Need

Aug 17, 2021 04:52PM ● By Mb News Staff

Photo credit: Sean Hiller

A school supply giveaway held last weekend was a rousing success, as the Manhattan Beach-based Kinecta Federal Credit Union gave away hundreds of backpacks filled with school essentials to children in need.

Kinecta had assembled a total of 850 backpacks and school supplies with the help of employees and supporters including the Skechers Foundation, Adidas, and LA Galaxy Forward Cameron Dunbar.

All told, approximately 350 local families attended the drive-thru distribution at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 7. They received backpacks; sweatshirts donated from Smiles by Angels, a sack lunch, and frozen treats from Kinecta’s Ice Cream Truck.

The remaining backpacks were donated to other school and community partners.

In attendance were Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Representative of California’s 43rd District, Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán, Representative of California’s 44th District,  prominent Watts activist and Parents of Watts founder, “Sweet Alice” Harris, and Carson City Councilman Jawane Hilton, along with a host of Kinecta volunteers.

“I’m here every year with Kinecta because Kinecta is providing a wonderful service for all of our communities here,” Waters said in a statement. “This backpack giveaway is just what we need for the children to go back to school with. The parents appreciate it and I appreciate it so much.”

Kinecta’s 2021 “Back-to-School Backpack Challenge” supports children from community partners including Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center, Environmental Charter, Community’s Child, Parents of Watts, Richstone Family Center, GRYD Foundation, Thomas House Family Shelter, Los Angeles Police Department Southeast Division, St. Albert the Great School, Watts/Century Latino Organization, among others.

“We are so proud that this is our 12th year hosting this backpack giveaway for families in need,” said Latrice McGlothin, executive director of the Kinecta Community Foundation. “Local families spend over $200 per student each academic year on supplies, and our hope is that this will relieve some of the burden.”

Kinecta Federal Credit Union

The Manhattan Beach-based Kinecta Federal Credit Union is the country’s 35th largest credit union, with assets of $6.4 billion and 285,000 member-owners. Its 800+ employees serve members from 31 branches, a variety of specialty offices, and call centers on both coasts. Banking the Southern California area more than 80 years, with a recent expansion to Northern California, New York, and New Jersey, Kinecta offers its members financial products through the credit union and its subsidiaries, Kinecta Wealth Management and Kinecta Insurance Services.

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