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Southland FCU Fulfills Holiday Wishes for Salvation Army Angels
Monday, December 21, 2015 6:50 AM

Southland FCU Salvation Army
Pictured (left to right): Loan Processor Erika Rodriguez; Salvation Army Captain Michelle Moore; Southland CEO Jonathan P. Matthews; Southland COO Kathy Harvey; and Loan Officer Britney Hughes.

Recently, the staff, leadership, and members of Southland Federal Credit Union in Lufkin, Texas, participated in the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree program, an initiative designed to help families around Christmas. In the Lufkin location, more than 300 families signed up for help by noting their wishes on paper angels that are added to the Angel Tree.

Southland CEO Jonathan Matthews said his credit union has participated in the program since 2009. Each year they choose 25 angels from the tree and then the staff and members help fill the requests for clothing, toys, etc.

"I’m proud that our credit union continues to show Credit Unions Care," said Matthews. "We do it every year and plan to continue supporting the Salvation Army Angel Tree program in the future." 

Matthews says they have also helped with the Salvation Army Food Pantry drive. "In the past, we have done the food drives in the spring and summer with a push to get as many peanut butter jars collected as possible," Matthews says. "This year, the Salvation Army needed our help during the winter and asked us to once again help fill their food pantry. Our staff and several members helped bring much-needed food." 

Southland FCU Salvation Arm
Pictured (left to right): Southland COO Kathy Harvey; Loan Officer Reggie Squyres; Southland CEO Jonathan P. Matthews; Loan Officer Britney Hughes; Loan Processor Erika Rodriguez; and Salvation Army Captain Michelle Moore.

The staff wears their traditional red T-shirts while working for the Angel Tree program, which ties their activities into the annual “Smart Cookie” campaign they've been conducting for three years. They encourage people to "be a smart cookie and join our growing credit union family."

Since Matthews became CEO of Southland FCU in 2008, the credit union has gone from $17 million in total assets to more than $38 million, and loans have grown from $8 million to more than $28.1 million. In addition, Matthews notes, their new membership growth "has just been out of this world. We have seen more than 800 people join so far this year!" 

“At Southland Federal Credit Union," Matthews says, "people helping people really matters. It's not just a slogan, but a core value in everything we do. It's an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Salvation Army Angel Tree program again this year and to help with food donations needed for their food pantry to show credit unions really do care about the communities we serve."

Lufkin-based Southland Federal Credit Union was chartered in September 1963, and has gone from seven members and $3,000 in assets to 5,300 members and $38 million in assets. For more about Southland Federal Credit Union, please visit