County and credit union help homeless kids

COAST CITIES — California Coast Credit Union lending many hands for the 2014 Drive for Success. A new backpack and school supplies can add a little pep to the step of a school-aged child heading off to class the first day of a new year. But not every child is able to start the year off right, without some help.

To make sure the more than 20,000 homeless children in San Diego County are prepared for school this fall, California Coast Credit Union is teaming up with the San Diego County Office of Education for the 2014 Drive for Success. Cal Coast branches, in Encinitas at 429 Santa Fe Drive and in Carlsbad at 5814 Van Allen Way, Suite 190, will collect backpacks and school supplies through Aug. 8.

Each of the  participating branches will have a uniquely decorated collection box to take in donated items, including:  binders, spiral notebooks, binder paper, calculators, color pencils, erasers, flashcards, glue sticks, highlighters, pens, washable markers, notebooks, pencils, folders, rulers, scissors and tape.

“California Coast Credit Union was started by teachers in 1929, so serving the needs of students and the educational community is not only our business, but something we’re passionate about,” said Rene McKee, VP, Marketing & Community Relations.  “New backpacks and school supplies will help these children get their school year off on the right foot.”

In 2013, California Coast Credit Union supported SDCOE’s school supply drive which provided nearly 4,000 filled backpacks to homeless school-aged children in 35 school districts around the county. For more information, visit or call (877) 495-1600.


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