Annual statewide cold-weather clothing drive invites Middleton to help Wisconsin Bundle Up

MIDDLETON — It’s time to Bundle Up, Middleton.

The Middleton Tourism Commission once again invites the public to take part in the statewide Big Bundle Up – a winter clothing drive to benefit the community.

Residents may donate new or gently used warm winter gear to this year’s Big Bundle Up, beginning today, Oct. 28, through noon on Monday, Nov. 25. Locations for drop-off include: Middleton Public Library (7425 Hubbard Avenue), The Little Gym (1920 Cayuga Street), Keva Sports Center (8312 Forsythia Street), and Middleton Tourism Commission and Visitors Center (the depot on 1811 Parmenter Street). Suggested items include hats, mittens, coats, sweaters and other warm clothing.

At the end of the drive, all donations at the drop-off locations will be tallied and added to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s statewide drive’s final number, and the items will be donated to the Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM).

“The Big Bundle Up is extremely important and benefits so many people in our community,” said Shannon Ash, program director for MOM. “As we move into the winter months, budgets become tighter as utility bills increase. Being able to help families offset their monthly expenses by providing free, warm winter clothes to fight our harsh Wisconsin winters may make all the difference to a family who has to decide between new winter gear or paying their electric bill. Because of programs like the Big Bundle Up, that family doesn’t have to choose.”

This is the ninth year that the Wisconsin Department of Tourism has collaborated statewide with other tourism offices to collect warm winter clothing to donate to local organizations, and the fourth year for the City of Middleton. To date, the program has collected 155,893 warm winter items throughout the state to help families in need.

“This clothing drive is truly valuable to our area and Middleton can be proud of its contributions over the years,” said Julie Peterman, CMP, director of tourism for the City of Middleton. “Our drop-off locations have been wonderful to work with and Middleton Outreach Ministry has been a great partner in this event, accepting, sorting and distributing all the donations.”