Ideal Credit Union of Minnesota Still Accepting Coats for Kids Donations Through October 14th

September 30, 2012

With the official start of the Salvation Army Coats for Kids Drive about to begin, Ideal Credit Union of Minnesota (Ideal CU) is reminding members, staff and the community there is still time to donate a new or gently used coat to help Twin Cities children this winter. The drive will be held October 1 – 14.

A warm coat on a cold day makes a big difference, which is why Ideal CU and the Ideal CU Community Foundation have partnered with the Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids project for several years. This year, to allow ample time for donations, Ideal CU placed collection barrels in all 5 locations in early 2012. Ideal CU employees took the opportunity to get creative, and came up with some eye-catching barrel designs. The annual Salvation Army coat drive is held in October, prior to the start of the cold weather season, to ensure kids have adequate outerwear to keep them warm. Last year Ideal CU collected 53 coats and donated $1,000 through the Ideal CU Community Foundation to purchase 60 more.

For 26 years, Coats for Kids has provided coats for Twin Cities’ children. More than 285,000 coats and winter accessories have been distributed to Twin Cities’ children through Coats for Kids since the program began.

“Minnesota winters can be harsh, and a warm coat becomes a necessity,” commented Ideal CU President Russ Plunkett. “The thought of a child going without proper winter attire is unacceptable, so we are happy to take an active role in helping to prevent this through the Coats for Kids drive.”

The mission of the Ideal CU 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 Ideal CU Community Foundation.

Founded in 1926, Ideal CU is a member owned financial institution that specializes in providing excellent member service, great rates and convenience. Ideal CU offers a complete range of services, including 24/7 loan approval, mortgages, online banking, online deposits, checking, business services, investment services and more. Ideal CU 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.