Watts community activist “Sweet Alice” Harris is joined by Councilman Mike Gipson, Senator Curren D. Price Jr. and Keith Sultemeier, CEO, Kinecta Federal Credit Union at the Parents of Watts table for the 39th Annual Nix/Kinecta Holiday Food Drive Distribution held on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at the Jesse Owens Park Gymnasium in South L.A. – Haywood Galbreath photo.

*Los Angeles, Calif. – Over 1,000 local families identified by participating community-based organizations as those in need over the holiday season received a bag of traditional Thanksgiving food items, along with a $75 gift certificate, courtesy of  Kinecta Federal Credit Union and Nix Financial’s 39th annual Holiday Food Drive to provide low-income families with assistance during the holidays.

On hand at the Jesse Owens Park Gymnasium to recognize the collaborative effort between the businesses and community partners were State Senator Curren D. Price, Carson City Councilman Mike Gipson, and nationally recognized Watts community activist “Sweet” Alice Harris.

As the local economy continues on a path to recovery, the high demand for food assistance still exists. This annual event is an opportunity for employees of Kinecta Federal Credit Union, its subsidiary Nix Financial, and long-time corporate sponsor MoneyGram, to collaborate with more than 35 non-profit organizations and churches on a countywide effort to provide temporary relief to deserving families.

More than $53,000 was raised through customer, member, and employee donations at Kinecta and Nix locations, along with corporate sponsors.

“We’re extremely proud to carry on this tradition of helping to provide holiday meals to deserving families, especially during these challenging economic times,” said Keith Sultemeier, CEO, Kinecta Federal Credit Union.  “The food drive brings our employees and partners together to give back to the communities where our members, customers and employees live, work and worship.”

Among the community organizations participating this year are: Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, Centro de Niños, Dollarhide Senior Center, Drew League Foundation, El Centro De Pueblo, King Drew Magnet Medical H.S., My Sister, My Friend BCS, Para Los Niños, Parents of Watts, Richstone Family Center, Salvation Army of Compton, South Bay Family Health Care Clinic, Training and Research Foundation, Union Station Homeless Services, VFW of El Monte– Post 10218 and Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club.

Kinecta Federal Credit Union is one of the nation’s largest credit unions, with approximately $3.15 billion in assets as of September 30, 2012; 22 branches; and more than 230,000 members nationwide.  Headquartered in Manhattan Beach, Calif., Kinecta offers its members a full range of financial products through the Credit Union and its subsidiaries, Kinecta Financial & Insurance Services, Apollo Insurance Services, and Kinecta Alternative Financial Solutions, dba Nix Financial. Kinecta Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, financial cooperative that is solely owned by its members.  For more information about Kinecta, visit

Nix Financial has 43 branches and 12 Kinecta at Nix windows throughout Southern California. Nix Financial operates one of the largest and most successful check cashing facilities in California, with a loyal customer base of 600,000. For over 45 years, Nix has supported local community-based organizations and programs, and proudly hires from within the community. For more information about Nix Financial, visit


About 1000 families gathered at the Jesse Owens Park Gymnasium in South L.A. on Sunday, November 18, 2012 for the 39th Annual Nix/Kinecta Holiday Food Drive Distribution. – Haywood Galbreath photo.




Kathy Williamson
Nix Financial/Kinecta FCU
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