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From left to right, Donna McNeely, SVP and COO for Kinecta Federal Credit Union; Keith Sultemeier, president/CEO for Kinecta; Albert Robles, mayor of Carson, Calif.; California State Assembly Member Mike A. Gipson; and Sweet Alice Harris, Parents of Watts founder show off donated backpacks in the parking lot of Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson. Hundreds of families made their way there to pick up backpacks, school supplies and sweatshirts ahead of the new school year for Kinecta’s 11th annual backpack giveaway. The event provided 600 backpacks to local families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kinecta ($5 billion, Manhattan Beach, Calif.) also collected $3,800 in monetary donations, which were used to purchase school supplies and additional backpacks. In addition to the families that picked up backpacks from Dignity Health Sports Park, backpacks were also donated to Kinecta community partners including the Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center, Environmental Charter, Parents of Watts, Richstone Family Center, GRYD Foundation, Thomas House Family Shelter, Los Angeles Police Department Southeast Division, Watts/Century Latino Organization and Motorcycle Riders for Homeless Parolees.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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