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Press Release October 19, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Barb Koskolos
(636) 916-8335
bkoskolos@1stfinancialfcu.org

1st Financial Federal Credit Union Collects Over 3500 items for Kidsmart School Supply Fundraiser

October 19, 2011: 1st Financial Federal Credit Union located in St. Charles, Hazelwood, downtown St. Louis, and Wentzville, MO hosted a Push for Pencils Drive for KidSmart at all of its branches in July and August. Over 3,650 school supplies to help 40,000 local children in need. KidSmart will equip St. Louis children with the school supplies and educational resources they desperately need to learn and succeed in school.

1st Financial realizes that this is a difficult year for a lot of families and especially with additional expenses such as school supplies. "We continue to implement the credit union philosophy of "People Helping People" everyday in our surrounding communities. We are strong supporters of our local organizations that make a difference in people's lives each and every day" stated Michelle Rosner, Senior VP of Corporate Communications.

1st Financial decorated the branches, provided bins for the donations and promoted the event newsletters, e-news, and via its website. The Credit Union encouraged staff as well as the members to donate the most needed school supplies such as pencils, crayons, markers, glue and loose leaf paper.

These are excerpts from some of the more than 40,000 children KidSmart serves. Note - The spelling and grammar is pulled directly from the children's letters.

  • "Thank you for all the things you sent us. We really needed everything you gave us. Some of the students didn't have pencils and the teacher said "KidSmart sent you guys that." Now every time we need a pencil or a piece of paper we get it. Thank you again and please keep sending us things" said Theron , 6th grade.
  • "I am so happy that my teacher can come and shop at KidSmart and not have to pay anything for what she gets. The next day after my teacher comes back from shopping at KidSmart, she tells us what she's gotten. You should see how she lights up when she shows us the stuff. She acts like its Christmas in February", said Latrice, 5th grade.
  • "Thank you for the pencil, paper, glue, sharpener, paint, brushes, folders, rubber bands, compass and protractors. We are very happy. Now we have 40 pencils!" said Savannah, 4th grade.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union is proud to partner with KidSmart to help local children succeed in school.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like all credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, financial cooperative. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chartered on September 3, 1968 as District 837 Credit Union by the International Association of Machinist members employed by McDonnell Douglas. Today, with over 33,000 members and $210 million in assets, 1st Financial is a full service financial institution dedicated to helping our members achieve their financial dreams. For over 40 years 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which returns profits to the members in the form of lower rates on loans and higher savings yields. The cooperative nature of credit unions enables us to provide products and services at very reasonable rates.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union serves those who live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri and a wide array of companies throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial organization committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

About KidSmart

KidSmart is the only free educational store in Missouri and currently serves students at more than 100 St. Louis area schools. More than 90,000 St. Louis area students are eligible for KidSmart services. Teachers at schools where 70% or more of the students qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program are eligible for KidSmart services. Push for Pencils has raised over 360,000 supplies this year, pending several more drives. There are nearly 140 companies to include 50,000 employees who participate in the community-wide fundraiser.

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