Kids Started the School Year off Right with Donations of Over 1,400 School Supply Items from TopLine Employees and Members
TopLine’s 9th Annual back-to-school supply drive benefits local communities
MAPLE GROVE, MINN. — October 4, 2012— During the month of August, the Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP) and Keystone Community Services benefited by receiving donations from TopLine Federal Credit Union’s 9th Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive. TopLine employees and members nearly doubled their donations from last year, donating more than 1,400 items to help students start the school year off right.
Last year, CEAP distributed school supplies to over 2,900 children in grades K-8 in northwestern Hennepin and all of Anoka counties. Keystone community services collected a record number of items, making it possible to fill over 300 brand-new backpacks for children in St. Paul. The supplies in greatest need were backpacks, notebooks, pocket folders, pencils, pens, crayons, pencil boxes, glue, markers, watercolors, rulers and scissors.
TopLine employees were recognized for their charitable back-to-school donations by being able to wear jeans to work on specific days during the four-week program.
“We are privileged to participate with organizations like CEAP and Keystone in a number of ways, and this is just one example of the exceptional generosity shown by our employees and members by helping families in need send their kids back to school with the much needed supplies for a successful year,” says Harry Carter, TopLine President and CEO. “We understand the importance of kids starting the school year with the advantage of a well stocked backpack, we are able to send children an important message—that we care about their education.”
Since 2002, TopLine Federal Credit Union employees and members have been involved in several programs each year to benefit local communities. In addition to the annual back-to-school supply drive, other efforts have included drives for food and household supplies, adult and children’s clothing, helping with holiday donations to families in need, volunteering to assist elderly individuals with yard work and involvement with Meals on Wheels.
CEAP (Community Emergency Assistance Programs), serving Hennepin and Anoka Counties, is a community-based, non-profit agency that partners with other resources to assist people in need. The mission of CEAP is to stabilize individuals and families in financial distress and to maximize their ability to live independently and with dignity. Visit www.CEAP.com to learn more.
Keystone Community Services is a community-based volunteer organization in St. Paul that helps thousands of low-income individuals and families in the East Metro Area. Keystone’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of individual and families to improve their quality of life. Visit www.keystoneservices.org to learn more.
TopLine Federal Credit Union, a Twin Cities-based credit union, is Minnesota’s 13th largest, with assets of more than $320 million. Established in 1935, TopLine offers a complete line of financial services from its five locations — in Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, Plymouth and in St. Paul’s Como Park — as well as by phone and online at www.TopLinecu.com. Membership is available to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or volunteers in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington Counties and their immediate family members.