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Holiday Cheer Comes to Thousands of East LA Kids at Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA on December 17th

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Holiday Cheer Comes to Thousands of East LA Kids at Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA on December 17th


LOS ANGELES, Calif. (December 16, 2015) – Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA has partnered with Senator Kevin De Leon, the California Highway Patrol, Panda Express and SCE Federal Credit Union to ensure thousands of children in East Los Angeles receive gifts and stuffed stockings this holiday season. More than 3,000 kids from ages six-months to 13 will open gifts, enjoy hot chocolate, Panda Express restaurant treats, a personal visit from Santa and listen to a choir singing holiday favorites.

“Every child deserves to have a wonderful holiday season,” said Nancy Ryerson, SCE Federal Credit Union member who is donating $10,000 worth of toys this year. “I remember a little boy from last year who wrote a note thanking and blessing me for the toys I gave. My heart was overflowing with joy knowing that I brightened at least one kid’s Christmas.”       

Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA and SCE Federal Credit Union are encouraging members and the general public to come bearing gifts for families in need during the holiday season. The event takes place on Thursday, December 17 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA (2900 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90023). New, unwrapped toys can be delivered to this location before the event. 

“Purchasing radio controlled cars, dolls and games was so much fun. It made me feel like a kid again,” said Ryerson, a retired East LA social worker whose donations now total more than $30,000 worth of toys to the event.   

Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA serves more than 40,000 families each year and believes investment in the largely immigrant Latino community of Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles through innovative programming and services leads to greater health and wellness, youth empowerment and strengthened families. 

“We’re fortunate to partner with SCE Federal Credit Union, which has such a great track record in the local communities they serve,” said Samuel Robles, Executive Director, Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA. “With the credit union, we hope to continually improve our communities through financial enrichment programs at the Y, and being introduced to members like Nancy, who has an amazing, giving-heart, is truly a blessing.”

SCE FCU has been supporting residents of Southern California for more than 60 years. SCE FCU’s nonprofit 501(c)(3), the Center for Financial Empowerment, will be contributing financial wellness classes at select YMCA locations in Los Angeles throughout 2016.

“The simple donation of time, financial education, or a toy can have a significant impact on children,” said Dennis Huber, President and CEO, SCE Federal Credit Union. “It’s about helping our local communities and the families we serve succeed.”

The event will also include:

  • Alan Hostrup, President & CEO, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
  • Honorable Kevin De Leon, California State Senator


About Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA

Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA is one of 26 branches of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, a non-profit organization that serves more than a quarter million families each year.  Welcoming individuals of all ages, faiths, genders and socio-economic backgrounds, the Y is committed to nurturing everyone’s potential in spirit, mind and body through programs that promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  To learn more about the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA, visit or call 323.260.7005.



SCE Federal Credit Union was founded in 1952 and currently has more than 52,000 members, $634 million in assets, several Southern California and Southern Nevada branch locations, thousands of shared branch locations across the United States, and nearly 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs available to members. 

SCE FCU serves the Greater Los Angeles and Las Vegas areas, with membership open to individuals and businesses, and is a not-for-profit entity committed to improving the financial well-being of the communities it serves – especially people underserved by mainstream financial institutions. With a strong commitment to volunteerism, employees donate hundreds of hours to local community causes each year. Additionally, the creation of the Center for Financial Empowerment, formerly the SCE FCU Foundation, provides much-needed financial education to the underserved and high schools in Las Vegas, Nevada and in Duarte, Baldwin Park, Boyle Heights, Ontario, and Lynwood, Calif.