Early Start, Eye-Catching Barrels Enable PCU to Collect 368 Coats for Kids

(Woodbury, MN – October 29, 2012) — Thanks to an early start, eye-catching collection barrels and the generosity of Postal Credit Union of Minnesota (PCU) members, staff and the community, more than 450 children in the Twin Cities metro area will receive new or gently used coats this winter.  A total of 368 coats were collected at PCU branch locations throughout the year, culminating with the October Salvation Army Coats for Kids Drive. In addition, the PCU Community Foundation collected $1,500 in Casual for a Cause and other donations, which the Salvation Army will use to make 100 more coats for needy children.

This is the third year PCU and the PCU Community Foundation have partnered with the Salvation Army to serve as a drop-off site for the local community and provide monetary support for the Coats for Kids program.  To increase donations over 2011, staff-decorated collection barrels were placed in PCU’s five branch locations in early January and participation in the drive was promoted regularly in member communications, and at community and branch events.

“PCU and the PCU Community Foundation are proud to partner with the Salvation Army Coats for Kids drive to ensure no child goes without proper winter attire,” commented PCU President Brian Sherrick. “By starting early, donations increased six-fold from last year, and we thank everyone for their support.”

For 27 years, Coats for Kids has provided coats for Twin Cities’ children. More than 290,000 coats and winter accessories have been distributed to Twin Cities’ children through Coats for Kids since the program began.

The mission of the PCU Community Foundation is to strengthen the quality of life within our communities by supporting local initiatives at a variety of levels, including early childhood development, financial literacy programs, local food shelves and food programs, veteran’s organizations, affordable housing programs and more. Donations to the foundation are tax-deductible and funds received are reinvested into the community. Learn more about how you can help these worthy causes through PCU Community Foundation.

Founded in 1926, PCU is a member owned financial institution that specializes in providing excellent member service, great rates and convenience. PCU offers a complete range of services, including 24/7 loan approval, mortgages, online banking, online deposits, mobile banking, free checking, business services, investment services and more. PCU is proud to serve Anoka, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties, with office locations in Eagan, Hugo, North St. Paul, West St. Paul and Woodbury. For more information, contact PCU at 651-770-7000, 800-247-0857 or visit

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