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UMe Credit Union Once Again Accepting Toys for “Santa’s Room”

As a long standing Burbank Credit Union, UMe is committed to supporting the local community. For the third consecutive year, UMeHelps — a community focused outreach program of UMe Credit Union — will be collecting toys, books and games to support “Santa’s Room.”

Me, UME -3Santa’s Room is a Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) program that collects toys, books and games for Burbank children who otherwise would not have presents to look forward to on Christmas morning. The program helps to fulfill children’s Christmas wishes by supporting parents under financial strain. Local parents who request assistance with Christmas gifts are able to visit Santa’s Room to “shop” for their children and choose from the donated gifts.

Through UMeHelps, the UMe Credit Union and its members, along with the Burbank community, can give back to local charities and individuals in need. UMeHelps has supported local organizations by conducting food and clothing drives, pet adoptions, participating in fundraising efforts and building awareness of local programs that people in the community can help support.

Me, UME -4To participate in the UMeHelps Santa’s Room Toy Drive, please bring new, unwrapped toys to the Credit Union from November 3 through December 5, 2014. Visit umecreditunion.com for a link to a complete list of acceptable donation items, found in the “news and announcements section” on the home page or see the list below.

In the spirit of the credit union philosophy of “people helping people” – we’re asking UMe members to help us collect new toy donations for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center’s “Santa’s Room” program. Donation items should be new and unwrapped – and may be dropped off at the Credit Union, November 3 through December 5, during business hours.

Acceptable toy donation items are as follows:

  • Action Figures & Collectibles
  • Arts & Crafts Items
  • Bikes, Skates & Skateboards
  • Blocks
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Building & Construction Sets
  • Cars, Trucks & Accessories
  • CDs
  • Dolls & Accessories
  • Electronics
  • iTunes Gift Cards
  • Learning & Educational Toys
  • Legos
  • Movies
  • Musical Instruments
  • Play Vehicles
  • Pretend Play & Dress Up
  • Puppets
  • Puzzles
  • Radio Control Toys
  • Sports & Outdoor Play Items
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Teen Jewelry

NOTE: Donation items received after this year’s Santa’s Room shopping dates will be added to next year’s Santa’s Room.

UMe is located at 3000 W. Magnolia Blvd. in the Magnolia Park area of Burbank. For more information, please call Anita Hutchinson at (818) 238.2900 x240.

Local Business Collects Presents For Temporary Aid Center

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Temporary Aid Center hosted its annual Santa’s Room this past week for its clients. On December 18, one of the two days of service, more than 100 parents selected gifts for their children. Volunteers from Logix Federal Credit Union restocked shelves and guided parents through Santa’s Room to select the perfect gifts.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We are proud to be donating our time to Santa’s Room for a third consecutive year,” said Alethia Calagias, Community Relations Specialist at Logix. “Our employees are grateful for the opportunity to make the shopping experience special for BTAC clients. When the kids open their presents, the joy is contagious – the families deserve to have that warm feeling this holiday season.”

 

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

During the day, the Burbank Fire Department dropped off more gifts and the Police Department sent an officer to help distribute presents. To participate, clients register with BTAC and make an appointment to visit Santa’s Room. And, members of the community and local businesses donate toys, gift cards, games, dolls, books and more. Volunteers sort the gifts for the appropriate ages – from newborns to teens – and are those items are placed in different rooms for parents to select the presents.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Our clients look forward to deciding what gifts their children receive,” said Dee Call, BTAC Board Member and Santa’s Room organizer. “We used to look at the children’s wish lists and package the gifts for them. Now, they are part of the process and we give them paper and tape to wrap them at home. It’s rewarding for them and the volunteers.”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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UMe Credit Union Helps to Spread Holiday Joy

As a Credit Union, UMe’s mission includes “people helping people.” So, for the second year in a row, UMeHelps will be collecting toys and books for Burbank Children 16 and under to make their holiday season just a little brighter.

UMeHelps is supporting Santa’s Room, a Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) program that collects toys, books and games for Burbank children who otherwise would not have presents to look forward to on Christmas morning. The program helps to fulfill children’s Christmas wishes and helps parents who are under financial strain provide joy to their children. Local parents who request assistance with Christmas are able to visit Santa’s Room to “shop” for their children and chose from the donated gifts.

UMeHelps is an initiative that allows UMe Credit Union, its members, and the Burbank community at large give back to local charities and individuals who are in need of help.

UMeHelps has supported local organizations in need by conducting food and clothing drives, pet adoptions, and participating in fundraising efforts – in addition to promoting awareness of local programs that people in the community can help support.

To participate in the UMeHelps Santa’s Room Toy Drive, please bring new, unwrapped toys to the credit union from November 1-December 6, 2013. Visit umecreditunion.com for a link to a complete list of acceptable donation items – just go to the “news and announcements section” on the home page.

We look forward to seeing you at the credit union and helping spread Santa’s Gifts!

UMe is located at 3000 W. Magnolia Blvd. in the Magnolia Park area of Burbank. For more information, please call Anita Hutchinson at 818) 238.2900, x240.

Acceptable toy donation items are as follows:

° Action Figures & Collectibles

° Arts & Crafts Items

° Bikes, Skates & Skateboards

° Blocks

° Board Games

° Books

° Building & Construction Sets

° Cars, Trucks & Accessories

° CDs

° Dolls & Accessories

° Electronics

°iTunes Gift Cards

° Learning & Educational Toys

° Legos

° Movies

° Musical Instruments

° Play Vehicles

° Pretend Play & Dress Up

° Puppets

° Puzzles

° Radio Control Toys

° Sports & Outdoor Play Items

° Stuffed Animals

° Teen Jewelry

NOTE: Donation items received after this year’s Santa’s Room shopping dates will be added to next year’s Santa’s Room.

UMe Credit Union Launches Holiday UMeHelps Project Event to help “Santa’s Room”

In conjunction with Giving Tuesday, UMe Credit Union launched a new UMeHelps project this morning: UMeHelps Santa’s Room! In the spirit of the credit union philosophy of “people helping people” – UMe Credit Union is collecting new toy donations for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center’s “Santa’s Room” program. Donation items should be new and unwrapped – and may be dropped off at the Credit Union anytime during the month of December.

Kaena Becker and Judy Sherman of the UMe Credit Union kickoff People Helping People Day by helping BTAC collect toys for “Santa’s Room” (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Santa’s Room is a Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) program that has been operating for over 20 years collecting new toys, books and games for Burbank children, ages 16 and younger, who would not otherwise have much to look forward to on Christmas morning. At Santa’s Room, Burbank parents who request assistance with Christmas are able to “shop” for their child(ren) and select gifts from the available pool of donated items.

BTAC is dedicated to providing the poor, working poor, and homeless of the local community with basic services they need to live with dignity, and to serve citizens of the city in times of emergency and disaster.

UMeHelps is an initiative designed for the credit union to give back to the Burbank community at large, and for its members to also participate in the process. UMeHelps kicked off on June 1st with a month-long food drive to benefit BTAC, with over 500 items collected.

To participate in the UMeHelps Santa’s Room Toy Drive, please bring new, unwrapped toys to the credit union throughout the month of December. Visit umecreditunion.com for a complete list of acceptable donation items, in the news & announcements section.

UMe is located at 3000 W. Magnolia Blvd. in the Magnolia Park area of Burbank. For more information, call Anita Hutchinson at 818) 238.2900 ext. 240.