Warm For Winter

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The bone-chilling cold of the past week is a reminder that a free winter clothing giveaway continues this weekend.

"Warm for Winter"  co-coordinator Jan Leschke says they will open the pantry tomorrow in Rhinelander...

"....with this cold weather we have plenty to keep people warm. Adults, kids, the whole family actually. We have boots, jackets, snow pants, bedding and toys for the kids. We have hats and mitts and scarves. Just about anything that touches your body we have and it's free, that's the best part...."

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A free Rhinelander-based clothing pantry for people needing winter clothing begins its first distribution this Saturday.

One of the coordinators is Jan Leschke who talks about the types of items that are distributed...

"....everything that basically touches your body, everything from socks and underwear to sweaters and sweatshirts and jackets, coats, hats and mittens, scarves and footwear. Anything you need to keep warm this winter, we've got it...."

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The monthly 'Warm For Winter' distribution happens this Saturday in Rhinelander and a coordinator says everyone is welcome to get needed winter clothing for free.

A coordinator for the monthly event is Jan Leschke of Rhinelander...

"...we have clothes for everyone in the whole family, all sizes. from babies up to adults. It's free. All you have to do is bring a bag to bring your items in and go shopping...."


Saturday is the next "Warm For Winter" distribution for people without warm winter clothing.

One of the coordinators is Jan Leschke of Rhinelander. She says no questions are asked, and anyone can come in to get the donated winter clothes they need...

"....Warm for Winter is a free clothing pantry held the last Saturday of every month from 10 to noon at 900 Boyce Drive(Rhinelander), also the second Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the same location...."


What started as a contest between the states of Michigan and Wisconsin's Tourism Departments continues as an effort to help those without warm winter clothing.

"The Big Bundle Up" finds local Chambers of Commerce and other tourism organization beginning a collection.

Rhinelander Chamber Director Lara Reed says this is the third year of the program. It all began with a public debate between the tourism department about 'which state looks more like a mitten, Wisconsin or Michigan?...."