Employee Donations Help Restock Local Agency's Clothing Closet and Personal Care Shelves

MAPLE GROVE, MN--(Marketwired - Aug 6, 2013) - For six weeks employees of TopLine Federal Credit Union exchanged donations of clothing and personal care items to the Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP) Clothing Closet and Keystone Community Services for the opportunity to wear jeans to work on Fridays and Saturdays. When the program ended on May 25, 2013 TopLine's just over 90 employees had donated nearly 600 clothing items, over 50 personal care items and $266 in cash to assist local families in need.

TopLine employees were able to participate by donating new or gently used clothing to the CEAP clothing drive and Keystone personal care drive in exchange for a "Denim Days" sticker, allowing them to wear jeans to work on specific days during the program.

Several TopLine employees also volunteered their time to sort and hang the donations at CEAP in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. 

"Each year, TopLine is proud to be able to help organizations like the Community Emergency Assistance Program and Keystone Community Services in a number of ways, and this was an exceptional showing by our employees for Donating for Denim Days," says Harry Carter, TopLine president and CEO. "Every donation, small or large, helps make a difference and we are always glad to lend a hand."

Since 2002, TopLine Federal Credit Union employees and members have been involved in several programs each year to benefit CEAP, including drives for food and household supplies, children's back-to-school 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 Program), 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. CEAP's Clothing Closet is where families in need can shop for donated, gently used clothing. The Closet is a free service, available January through November, to all Minnesota residents. Visit www.CEAP.com to learn more.

Keystone Community Services, named for the strong connecting stone at the center of an arch, is a community-based volunteer organization in St. Paul, Minnesota that helps thousands of low-income individuals and families in the East Metro Area. The organization's programs include food shelves, a support program for Hmong youth and their families, and a comprehensive program for seniors. Keystone's mission is to strengthen the capacity of individuals and families to improve their quality of life. Learn more at http://www.keystoneservices.org.

TopLine Federal Credit Union, a Twin Cities-based credit union, is Minnesota's 13th largest, with assets of more than $340 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.