To the Journal editor:
The third annual event known as Project Keep Kids Warm has come to a close. Wesley United Methodist Church of Ishpeming wants to say thank you to the numerous people and organizations that responded throughout the Ishpeming and Negaunee area during October.
Project Keep Kids Warm is a clothing drive organized to provide slightly used or new cold-weather jackets, snowpants, boots, hats, mittens and scarves to needy families. On Oct. 27, there was a free shopping day for these items at the Ishpeming Armory and several hundred families benefited from the generous donations.
Behind the scenes numerous people worked directly on the project and hundreds of households donated winter clothing to the collection, Immanuel Lutheran Church of Negaunee conducted the drive in their town. Cross Bridge Church Ishpeming provided additional support in Ishpeming. Women of Steel from the United Steel Workers assisted with the collection and added workers and financial support.
Shopko of Ishpeming donated the collection bags. Youth from Westwood, Ishpeming, Negaunee, Hartman High, the respective middle and elementary schools and Boy Scouts and Girl Scout units provided much of the muscle.
The Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul stores were involved. Many other service organizations and businesses contributed manpower and financial support. The Ishpeming Armory contributed the essential use of their facility. Thank you to all.
I said that Project Keep Kids Warm had come to a close, but that is not entirely true. Left over clothing has been donated to service organizations and schools through Marquette County.
The winter clothing will continue to be distributed for months to come. Planning for a 2013 event has already begun as well.
Anyone interested in supporting the project with winter clothing donations or financial support is encouraged to call Wesley United Methodist Church at 486-4681. On behalf of Wesley United Methodist Church, sincere thanks to everyone involved with Project Keep Kids Warm.