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A kind serving of holiday spirit

Lockheed donates money, lunch and pie

Posted: December 7, 2008 8:00 p.m.
Updated: December 8, 2008 4:30 a.m.

Marilyn Civita, branch service manager at the Stevenson Ranch Lockheed Federal Credit Union, left, puts whipped cream on a piece of apple pie for 82-year-old Ethel Kawata during lunch at the SCV Senior Center.

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Seniors at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center in Newhall received a helping hand and a serving of holiday spirit on Dec. 2 when volunteers from Lockheed Federal Credit Union pitched in to help serve lunch and pie to nearly 150 seniors.

In addition, Lockheed volunteers also helped pack lunches for the Committee on Aging's home-delivered meals program. The home-delivered meals program serves hundreds of SCV seniors who might not otherwise have a meal, said Kathy Crone, Senior Center development director.

Lockheed Credit Union has a program where employees are allowed eight hours of paid time off per year to volunteer in the community.

"The seniors really look forward to having the Lockheed Federal Credit Union employee volunteers visit," said Robin Clough, Senior Center volunteer and recreation coordinator. "From the break of dawn until mid-afternoon Lockheed volunteers worked hard to make this event special. We are grateful to those who arrived so early and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to pack meals for the homebound elderly, as well as those who will serve lunch and pie."

The last time Lockheed volunteers served lunch at the center on July 18 more than 175 lunches were served - the highest number in recent history, said Newton Boston, a member of the Senior Center administrative staff.

At noon during the Dec. 2 event Lockheed presented a $4,500 check to the center to help support the center's programs.

"The SCV Committee on Aging and the Senior Center is thrilled to be supported by Lockheed," said Clough. "Because the senior demographic is growing exponentially, ensuring quality of life for our elderly has become a critical challenge. We are greatly appreciative and touched by the generosity of Lockheed and its employees."

In 2007 Lockheed employees developed the Community Stars program to support local charities through financial donations and volunteerism.

Lockheed Federal Credit Union supports the local community and our employees are pleased to provide assistance to the SCV Senior Center," said Alethia Calagias, community relations specialist. "Our employee volunteers find it rewarding to participate and give to the Santa Clarita Valley."

The SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, offers a variety of programs, services, health and wellness lectures, trips and tours and other activities to assist seniors in the SCV. A daily lunch program is also offered. For information call (661) 259-9444, or visit www.scvsc.org.

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