North Island Credit Union Launches Toy Drive To Support Military and Veteran Families During the Holiday Season

Credit Union Partners with Support The Enlisted Project (STEP) to Assist its “Sharing the Joy” Toy Drive

North Island Credit Union has launched a holiday toy drive in partnership with Support The Enlisted Project (STEP) to benefit the organization’s annual Sharing the Joy program. STEP is a San Diego-based organization that helps junior enlisted service members and transitioning veterans and their families achieve financial self-sufficiency.

Through December 20, 2019, all 11 North Island Credit Union branches in the greater San Diego area will serve as collection points for new, unwrapped toys, which will be donated to military families in need. Community and credit union members interested in participating can drop off a toy or gift at any North Island Credit Union branch during business hours.

NICU branch locations. Image: Google maps and NICU website

“We encourage everyone to stop by any of our branches with an extra gift as one way we can all give back to our service families in need, who sacrifice so much for our community and our country,” said California Credit Union CEO Steve O’Connell. “North Island Credit Union’s roots are in serving our local military, and we’re honored to support the great work that STEP is doing to make the holidays a special, joy-filled time for our active service and veteran families.”

This year, STEP plans to distribute more than 1,000 holiday gifts to young military and transitioning veteran families in need through its Sharing the Joy Toy Drive and Holiday Adoption programs. The organization’s goal is to build financial self-sufficiency among junior active duty enlisted service members and recently discharged enlisted veterans and their families facing financial crisis through counseling, education, and grants. For more information about STEP and its programs to support financial self-sufficiency among our military community, please visit

About Support The Enlisted Project (STEP)
Support The Enlisted Project (STEP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit assisting active duty enlisted members and recently discharged veterans and their families in Southern California who are facing financial crisis achieve long-term financial self-sufficiency through counseling, education, and grants to alleviate critical near term obligations. Best contact is through its website at STEP is a GuideStar Platinum Exchange Participant, a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity (A+), and the recipient of a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. 


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