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Five Years of Successful Warming Submitted: 12/29/2012
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander clothing drive going strong for the fifth year in a row.

Nearly 200 people stopped by the "Warm for Winter" clothing give away this afternoon.

The organizers open the free shop the last Saturday of every month during fall and winter.

They say turnout grows every year, this season they've seen close to 1,000 people.

"A lot of people come, a lot of people take things, and so the donations it kind of evens out because we get rid of a lot but then we get a lot in... we can always tell by the number of hangers that are left on the racks", said Warm for Winter organizer Jan Leschke.

Organizers are grateful for the community's support and bedding donations from local hotels.

With the amount of people they've served Warm for Winter can always use more, the drive is particularly in need of childrens clothing.

"We also have toys now, people donate toys, and it's fun to watch the kids they're not too interested in clothes their parents are getting them clothes but they go through the toys, that's really nice", said organizer Gale Willcox.

There are two more Saturdays to stop by or donate to the drive, January 25th and February 22nd, but organizers plan to open up shop again next September.

They have also talked about becoming a year-round facility in the future.

If you'd like to donate stop by their location at 900 Boyce Drive in Rhinelander the last Saturday of the month, or call Jan Leschke at 715-362-7157.



Story By: Kira Lynne

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