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December 28, 2023   •   News  

SAFE Members, Employees Donate to 270 Salvation Army Angel Tree Gift Recipients

Folsom, Calif. (Dec. 28, 2023) – SAFE Credit Union members and employees showed their gift-giving spirit in a big way this holiday season – collecting and donating more than $7,500 in gifts for 270 children through the Sacramento Metro Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.

The credit union partnered this year with the Salvation Army as part of SAFE’s annual Joy & Kindness philanthropic holiday campaign inviting teams of SAFE branch and corporate employees to use $7,500 in allotted funds to support the Greater Sacramento area nonprofit. Credit union members were also invited to contribute and participate by purchasing gifts for Angel Tree recipients.

“Helping to make the dreams for so many children in the areas we serve come true this holiday season has been a joy for both our employees and our members,” says SAFE Credit Union Senior Vice President of Retail Experience Staci Corral. “The rewards of connecting through helping others is priceless and we look forward to the possibility of joining together again through giving next year.”

Staci Corral photo SAFE Credit Union Senior Vice President of Retail Experience Staci Corral

During November and December, the Salvation Army set up Angel Trees in 20 area SAFE Credit Union branches where employees and members were invited to select tags to guide their donations to children in the greater Sacramento area. Each tag included information and wish lists including recipients' ages, clothing sizes and gender.

Terry Tremelling brings his Angel Tree donations to SAFE’s Hazel Branch SAFE Credit Union Board Chair Terry Tremelling brings his Angel Tree donations to SAFE’s Hazel Branch, bordering the Fair Oaks and Orangevale communities.

After selecting a child to shop for, gift-givers brought their unwrapped items back to their SAFE branch and branch employees delivered the gifts to the Salvation Army at SAFE’s employee holiday party.  

SAFE employees pose for donation photo SAFE Credit Union’s Chief Experience Officer Jerrod Keller, President and CEO Faye Nabhani, Salvation Army Major Rio Ray and SAFE’s Community Impact Specialist Brit Kelleher pose with a portion of this year’s Angel Tree donations.

Roseville SAFE Branch Manager James Erickson says having the Angel Tree on display allowed employees to engage with members in a new way.

“Having access to such a program really allows us to connect with our members and support programs we might not be able to otherwise,” says Erickson. “Seeing the impact it has in our community really makes it all worthwhile and our members really enjoyed getting involved and seeing firsthand how SAFE can be a vehicle for good.”

SAFE Credit Union Roseville Branch Manager James EricksonSAFE Credit Union Roseville Branch Manager James Erickson

Founded in 1979 in Lynchburg, Virginia, the Salvation Army Angel Tree program helps provide new clothing, toys and a holiday meal to thousands of families, children and seniors each year through generous donations.

“The Salvation Army has so many incredible programs this time of year, but none of them are possible without incredible community support and partners like SAFE Credit Union," says Major John Brackenbury, divisional commander of the Salvation Army's Del Oro Division.

This year’s Angel Tree participating SAFE branches were:

  • Antelope Branch,7887 Walerga Road
  • Citrus Heights Branch,7475 Madison Ave.
  • East Elk Grove Branch, 9312 Elk Grove Blvd.
  • East Sacramento Branch, 6341 Folsom Blvd.
  • El Camino Branch, 3560 El Camino Ave.
  • Folsom Branch, 2740 Bidwell St.
  • Granite Bay Branch, 8789 Auburn Folsom Road
  • Hazel Branch, 5261 Hazel Ave.
  • K Street Branch, 2901 K St. in Sacramento
  • Laguna Branch, 9162 Bruceville Road in Elk Grove
  • Land Park Branch, 4700 Freeport Blvd.
  • Lincoln Branch, 111 Ferrari Ranch Road
  • North Natomas Branch, 2761 Del Paso Road
  • Rancho Cordova Branch, 12519 Folsom Blvd.
  • Rocklin Branch, 6190 Stanford Ranch Road
  • Roseville Branch, 121 N. Sunrise Ave.
  • Sunrise Branch, 7601 Sunrise Blvd.
  • Watt Branch, 4636 Watt Ave. in North Highlands
  • West Roseville Branch, 1541 Blue Oaks Blvd.  
  • West Sacramento Branch, 2105 Town Center Plaza


SAFE provides philanthropy, grants, scholarships, and direct donations each year to nonprofits and students.

For more information email [email protected].

Angel Tree 2023 Details about how to contribute to the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program this year at SAFE Credit Union branches.


About SAFE

SAFE Credit Union has made members an integral part of its vision since 1940. Over the years the credit union has kept the focus on what really matters, putting members first, a formula that has seen SAFE grow into a leading financial institution in Northern California with $4.7 billion in assets and about 236,000 members. SAFE crafts every cutting-edge product and sterling service with members’ needs foremost in mind. In addition to banking services conveniently available through online, chat, mobile, or phone options, SAFE offers in-person services for members and small businesses at service centers across the Greater Sacramento region. SAFE is a not-for-profit, state-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals living or working in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Sutter, Butte, Nevada, Solano, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Yuba, Amador, and Alameda counties. Insured by NCUA.


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