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Nov 23, 2021

La Maestra Community Health Centers Holds Annual Gift and Toy Drive for Families in Need

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La Maestra Community Health Centers Holds Annual Gift and Toy Drive for Families in Need

San Diegans Can Drop off Donations at any of the 35 Mission Fed Branches Across the County

Media Contacts:

Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald ([email protected]) – 858.717.1000
Sarah Vargas, Beck Ellman Heald ([email protected]) – 951.591.9727

SAN DIEGO – (Nov. 23, 2021) – La Maestra Community Health Centers has teamed up with Mission Fed Credit Union on its annual Toy and Gift Drive to provide holiday joy for families in need. From November 29 through December 13, San Diegans can drop off toys and gifts at any Mission Fed branch. The collection boxes will be available at all 35 branches across San Diego County and two at its corporate headquarters, 10325 Meanley Drive, San Diego, CA 92131. To find a Mission Fed branch location near you, please visit

La Maestra is seeking toys, books and gifts for kids ages 0 – 18. Items will be distributed to local families in need at La Maestra’s El Cajon and City Heights locations through the health center’s Legal Advocacy Program.

Now more than ever, donations are needed to ensure that clients and patients from low-income, underserved communities will have at least one gift this holiday season. Every year, La Maestra employees, volunteers, and sponsors come together to provide heartfelt donations such as clothing, toys, and nutritious foods to help brighten the season for San Diego’s many families in need. With support from the community, La Maestra will be able to continue to provide small gifts and needed household items to those that may not otherwise be able to afford gifts for their children.

“We’re deeply honored to have Mission Fed’s support as we roll out our Annual Git and Toy Drive,” said Zara Marselian, PhD, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of La Maestra Community Health Centers. “Our community has always been so positive in its response to helping families in need in having a joyful holiday season. This year, with the help of Mission Fed we anticipate providing holiday joy to even more families in need.”

At Mission Fed, giving back to the community is part of its DNA and double-bottom line birthright. The organization is here to enhance and improve the lives of all San Diegans, and help build a stronger, kinder San Diego by giving back.

About La Maestra Community Health Centers

La Maestra Community Health Centers is a nonprofit, 501(c (3) and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). For more than 31 years, the organization has served immigrant, refugee, uninsured, and underinsured populations living in the communities of central, east, and south San Diego County, California. Today, La
Maestra operates 18 primary medical care and behavioral health clinics, 10 dental suites, three school-based sites, and a mobile medical and dental unit. La Maestra serves more than 45,000 patients annually.  La Maestra employs a holistic, solutions-based approach to health care through the organization’s La Maestra Circle of Care® services, which provides primary, specialty care and social services including job training, eligibility and enrollment assistance, microcredit translation, interpretation, transportation, legal advocacy, a community garden, food pantry, after-school and summer programs and transitional housing.

About Mission Fed Credit Union

Mission Federal Credit Union (Mission Fed) is the largest member-owned, not-for-profit, full-service financial institution exclusively serving San Diego County. Mission Fed enhances the lives of its members through financial education and services, providing stability and strength to help San Diegans with financial wellness and success. Banking at Mission Fed means doing good for San Diego. Mission Fed gives money back to our local communities, has helped hundreds of nonprofits and important causes, and builds deep relationships with community partners.

Mission Fed has served the financial needs of San Diegans for 60 years through checking, savings, loans, credit cards and insurance offerings. Mission Fed has $5 billion in assets, more than 270,000 members, 33 convenient local branches, 30,000 fee-free CO-OP ATMs nationwide and free mobile and online banking services. Mission Fed was recognized as a 2020 Top Workplace by The San Diego Union-Tribune and named a Top Workplaces USA winner in 2021.



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