The Door County Visitor Bureau is inviting residents and visitors to drop off new or gently used coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items as part of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's "The Big Bundle Up" campaign. The statewide collection program runs from Dec. 3, 2012 – Jan. 4, 2013.
Last year's first-ever mitten collection program was an enormous success. The state's tourism industry collected more than 3,100 mittens and winter items to help warm up thousands of needy families throughout the state. To date, more than 80 chambers, CVBs, visitor centers, the eight Travel Wisconsin Welcome Centers and other business locations around the state have committed to serving as donation sites for this year's expanded collection.
In Door County, seven different tourism organizations have committed to serving as donation sites. Those locations include the Door County Visitor Bureau's Welcome Center (1015 Green Bay Rd, Sturgeon Bay), the Egg Harbor Visitor Center (4666 Orchard Rd), the Ephraim Visitor Information Center (10329 Hwy 42), the Fish Creek Visitor Center (4097 Main St), the Jacksonport Visitor Center (6275 Hwy 57), the Sister Bay Visitor Center (10668 N Bay Shore Dr) and the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (36 S. Third Ave).
With the spirit of the holiday season upon us, donating winter items is the perfect way to give back to Door County families in need. A container will be located at each of the above locations for donors to drop off new or gently used warm clothing items. At the conclusion of the drive, donated items will be given to the United Way of Door County, who in turn will distribute the items throughout Door County through their community partners.
Jon Jarosh, Director of Communications & PR for the Door County Visitor Bureau, helped organize this year's Door County effort.
"Last year we collected 44 pairs of mittens and a few hats and scarves at our Welcome Center. This year I'm hoping to increase our total collections, and the idea to invite our local visitor centers to join in came up and we ran with it," Jarosh said during the unveiling of the donation box at the Door County Visitor Bureau's Welcome Center in Sturgeon Bay.
"I'm really excited to be partnering with six of our local visitor centers, and would love to collectively get 100 warm weather clothing items to donate back to our neighbors in need," he said.
Jarosh will report the total number of items collected in Door County to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism in January in hopes of helping the statewide campaign top the 3,100 items collected and distributed last year.
Some locations such as the Door County Welcome Center will accept donations 24/7, but hours may vary from place to place so call ahead to verify hours. Details about each drop off location are as follows:
Door County Visitor Bureau – Welcome Center
Address: 1015 Green Bay Road, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Egg Harbor Visitor Center
Address: 4666 Orchard Road, Egg Harbor, WI 54209
Ephraim Visitor Information Center
Address: 10329 Hwy 42, Ephraim, WI 54211
Fish Creek Visitor Center
Address: 4097 Main Street, Fish Creek, WI 54212
Jacksonport Visitor Center
Address: 6275 Hwy 57, Jacksonport, WI 54235
Sister Bay Visitor Center
Address: 10668 N Bay Shore Drive (Hwy 42), Sister Bay, WI 54234
Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center
Address: 36 S. Third Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Photo by the Door County Visitor Bureau