First Place Bank and United Way Team for “Lifting Hearts” Holiday Toy Drive

United Way Lorain County


The voting period has completed for First Place Bank’s “Lifting Hearts” holiday toy drive, in which the public selected one of three United Way agencies to be the recipient of the toys and gifts to distribute to the children it serves.

“As a community bank, we wanted our neighbors’ input on the organization that touched their hearts most. We’re pleased to announce that the Boys and Girls Club received the most votes, and as a result, they will be the recipient of all the toys and gifts we collect in our holiday toy drive,” said Tom Shafer, CEO of First Place Bank.

To participate in the Lifting Hearts holiday toy drive, the public may bring new unwrapped toys and gifts to any First Place Bank branch now through Wednesday, December 18. Once the items are collected, the local Boys and Girls Club will distribute them to the needy children and teens it serves.

“We’re thankful to First Place Bank and the public for making the holidays nicer for the kids we serve,” said  Mike Conibear, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County. “We appreciate being selected in the Lifting Hearts voting campaign, and we can’t wait to distribute the gifts collected in the toy drive.”

First Place Bank will make a monetary donation to the two other worthy United Way organizations that were in the running, the Salvation Army and Big Brothers Big Sisters; in support of the important work they do for area children.

A total of 2,324 votes were tabulated in the Lifting Hearts campaign. “We’d like to thank everyone who voted, and we appreciate their involvement in their community,” said Shafer.

More information about the Boys & Girls Club is available at their website,

About First Place Bank

First Place Bank, based in Warren, Ohio, is a subsidiary of Talmer Bancorp, Inc. headquartered in Troy Michigan. Talmer Bancorp, Inc. is one of the best capitalized banking institutions with current assets of approximately $4.7 billion and locations in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Illinois. Please visit our company website at for additional information.

About United Way of Greater Lorain County

United Way of Greater Lorain County supports endeavors to create opportunities by bringing lasting, positive change to Greater Lorain County and by focusing on quality of life building blocks. United Way focuses on three impact areas: health, education and income. Learn more at or by calling 440/277.6530.


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