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Churches cooperate on clothing drive

October 12, 2012
By ADELLE WHITEFOOT - Journal Staff Writer ( , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

ISHPEMING - Wesley United Methodist Church in Ishpeming will have extra help this year for its Project Keep Kids Warm.

The project is a winter clothing drive organized by Wesley United Methodist Church, which will get help from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Negaunee this year.

"I approached the church about helping out with the program this year and they were more than happy to do so," said organizer Dick Derby.

According to the Rev. Steven Solberg, he and Derby have collaborated on projects before. Caring for neighbors is one of the many values the church has, and this project does just that, Solberg said.

"When Dick came asking if we would like to work with him on this project, it was an easy decision," Solberg said.

The clothing drive is for needy families who have children under 18. More than 6,500 bags with Project Keep Kids Warm stickers on them will distributed Saturday. The church is asking for gently used to new items.

Several hundred people work on the project with delivering bags, picking up donations, sorting the clothes and working the shopping day. Project Keep Kids Warm serves several hundred families in the area, Derby said.

Bags will be distributed from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. On Oct. 20, the donated clothing will be picked up. On Oct. 27, the Ishpeming Armory will open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for needy families to go "shopping," picking up free items. There is no application process.

"People walk in and expect to be fingerprinted and their social security number taken down but, no, it's a free shopping day that day," Derby said.

Clothing donations can also be made at the Ishpeming Salvation Army and St. Vincent De Paul, or at either church. Money can be donated at any of the locations.

For more information, or to volunteer, call 486-4681.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.



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