MAPLE GROVE, MN--(Marketwire - December 23, 2010) - The Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP) and Toys for Tots benefited by receiving donations from TopLine Federal Credit Union's 12th annual Gratitude Tree Holiday Toy Drive held during the months of November and December. TopLine members and employees generously donated toys, cash and gift cards to brighten up the holidays and bring joy to many children this holiday season. Through CEAP's Holiday Program, families received a food basket and were able to select two toys and a stocking stuffer for each child. Overall, CEAP served 732 families this year with 2,126 children receiving new toys for the holidays. 

Employees were able to participate by donating toys and money to CEAP and Toys for Tots Holiday Drive in exchange for a "Denim Days" sticker, allowing them to wear jeans to work on specific days during the four-week program. TopLine members could leave unwrapped gifts for children in need under the "Gratitude Tree" at any TopLine location, and then choose an ornament from the tree as our way of thanking them for their generosity.

"TopLine has a strong commitment to the communities in which our members live and work, and we are proud to be able to help organizations like the Community Emergency Assistance Program and Toys for Tots," says Harry Carter, TopLine president and CEO. "Both CEAP and Toys for Tots are seeing a decrease in donations this year, and we were happy to assist with donated toys and dollars to help make the holidays a little brighter for families in our communities."

Since 2002, TopLine Federal Credit Union employees and members have been involved in several programs each year to benefit CEAP. In addition to the annual toy donations these efforts have included drives for children's back-to-school supplies, helping with food and clothing donations for families in need, and volunteering for 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. Visit to learn more.

TopLine Federal Credit Union, a Twin Cities-based credit union, is Minnesota's 13th largest, with assets of more than $275 million. Established in 1935 and celebrating its 75th year of operations in 2010, TopLine offers a complete line of financial services from its headquarters in Maple Grove, and four branch offices located in Brooklyn Park, Edina, Maple Grove and Plymouth, as well as by phone and online at 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.

Contact Information:

Vicki Erickson
Assistant Vice President, Marketing
TopLine Federal Credit Union