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Middleton Tourism Helps Wisconsin Bundle Up This Winter

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November 22, 2017

The Middleton Tourism Commission has joined forces with the Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) to help Wisconsin residents bundle up this winter!

Between now and January 2, 2018, residents are invited to drop off their new or gently used coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items as part of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s “Big Bundle Up” campaign. All the items will be donated to the Middleton Outreach Ministry and distributed locally to help families in need.

This is the seventh year for the “Big Bundle Up” charity drive. So far, the program has brought in more than 103,000 warm winter items statewide, and last year, 129 items were collected in Middleton. In 2017, the city is hoping to outdo itself, with a goal of gathering 250 items for MOM to distribute.
“There’s a reason they call Middleton the Good Neighbor City,” said Julie K. Peterman, CMP, Middleton’s Director of Tourism. “We’re dedicated to taking care of each other here, through programs like ‘Big Bundle Up,’ but also through many other organizations and programs dedicated to serving the community all year long. Our commitment to lifting each other up is something we’re very proud of here.”

Last year alone, the MOM Clothing Center distributed 131,000 pounds of clothing, helping people save needed funds for necessary expenses like rent and utilities.

" When the cold weather hits, families go in search of their warmest gear to stay safe out in the cold. If their closet turns up empty for a coat that fits, or for a full pair of mittens, and there isn't enough money to purchase new ones, it adds to an already long list of worries," said Ellen Carlson, Executive Director of Middleton Outreach Ministry. "We're thankful to the Middleton Tourism Commission for partnering with us to make Middleton warm for everyone!"

Drop-offs can be made at the Middleton Public Library (7425 Hubbard Ave.), Keva Sports Center (8312 Forsythia St.) and Harbor Athletic Club (2529 Allen Blvd.) through January 2.