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Level One Bank partners with Toys for Tots for a season of giving Downriver

This holiday season, Toys for Tots once again embarked on its mission of providing holiday cheer to those who would otherwise go without. These efforts have been made possible with the help of Level One Bank, a local bank that has donated a 4,080 square foot commercial facility at 7700 Telegraph Road in Taylor, to serve as a distribution center for Allen Park, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, Southgate and Taylor throughout the holiday season.

Last Friday, December 13, trucks arrived at the distribution center bearing donated gifts for local children and families. The gifts are being sorted and packaged from wish lists and made available for pickup. In the five communities above, more than 1,700 families have submitted application to Toys for Tots to help their children have a Merry Christmas.

“The sheer number of toys donated each year is often overwhelming, even in a challenging economy,” said United States Marine Corps Sergeant Chad R. Gump. “Our volunteers work tirelessly to ensure every child has a present to open on Christmas morning.”

More than 30 volunteers work within the donated building to package and distribute toys.

“As a local bank, we play an important role in giving back to the communities we serve, especially during this time of year,” said Patrick J. Fehring, President & CEO of Level One Bank. “There is nothing more fulfilling than bringing joy to a child at Christmastime and the Level One team is grateful for the opportunity to support such a great cause.”
Toys for Tots will continue to occupy the Level One Bank-owned facility through January, as additional donations are collected, helping to provide the organization with a head start for Christmas 2014.

About Level One Bank

Level One Bank is a full-service, 5-Star BauerFinancial rated commercial and consumer bank committed to connecting with unparalleled service and delivering outstanding financial solutions. Owned and managed locally, Level One Bank is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan with assets of approximately $600 million. It currently operates seven full-service banking centers, located throughout Oakland County and the surrounding communities. Level One’s Commercial Division provides a complete menu of products including lines of credit, term loans, leases, commercial mortgages, SBA loans, Export-Import Financing and a full suite of Treasury Management services. The Consumer Division offers personal savings and checking accounts, including free checking and competitive interest-bearing accounts such as Money Markets, IRAs, and CDs. The bank also provides a complete array of consumer loan products including residential mortgages, home equity, auto, and credit card services. Level One offers the sophistication of a big bank, the heart of a community bank, and the spirit of an entrepreneur. For more information, please visit

About Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots is a program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve dedicated to distributing Christmas gifts to less fortunate children. The primary goal is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. To learn more about the Toys for Tots Foundation, please visit