A pair of local banks will be doing their part to keep local children warm this winter.

TCF National Bank has announced a partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools that will see 16 Milwaukee-area branches, including the Elm Grove and Wauwatosa locations, collecting winter gear for children in need.

Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) is hosting its annual Mitten Tree Drive to collect hats, scarves, gloves and mittens and, for the second year running, TCF will serve as a partner and public collection sites.

"We're pleased to help students get the hats, scarves, gloves and mittens they need to stay warm this winter," TCF Bank director of retail banking Lou Campos said. "Last year, we helped MPS break their all-time record for donations by supporting 4,000 students in need and we look forward to helping even more students this year."

Residents of Elm Grove and Wauwatosa can stop by their local TCF Bank locations at 12850 W. Bluemound Road and 307 N. 76th Street respectively in order to drop off their donations. The Mitten Tree Drive will be accepting new handmade or store-bought winter gear at the banks and at MPS Central Services through Jan. 6 of 2017.

"More than 80 percent of MPS students are economically disadvantaged and they need our help to stay warm and safe during the winter months," MPS superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver said. "We are grateful that TCF Bank is offering its 16 conveniently located branches as donation sites for the second year. Their generous team members and customers donated new handmade and purchased items that made winter warmer for our young people."

In addition to the Elm Grove and Wauwatosa locations, the following TCF Banks will also be accepting donations:

- 5851 S. Packard Ave., Cudahy

- 1735 W. Silver Spring Drive, Glendale

- 2100 W. Good Hope Road, Glendale

- 4375 S. 76th St., Greenfield

- 110 W. Holt Ave., Milwaukee

- 123 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee

- 1100 E. Garfield Ave., Milwaukee

- 2355 N. 35th St., Milwaukee

- 4061 N. 54th St., Milwaukee

- 4110 N. 76th St., Milwaukee

- 7932 N. 76th St., Milwaukee

- 8955 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek

- 4201 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood

- 1441 Miller Park Way, West Milwaukee

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