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Winter coat giveaway for local kids, donations needed

The Basics for Local Kids program is giving away winter-wear items to local kids ages 0-18-years-old. Gently used and new coats, boots, snow pants, hats, mittens and gloves donated by community members will be available.

The second winter-wear distribution will take place in Ellsworth on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m.-noon in the Seyforth Building at the Pierce County Fairgrounds. This location is wheelchair accessible.

The winter-wear distribution events are about helping kids keep warm as well as giving them the basics needed to enjoy the outdoors during the winter despite financial situations. Kids ages 0 to 18 years are invited to get items they need from inventory available.

Families will fill out a simple request form on-site before volunteers assist kids with winter-wear items. Forms are also available on the website, Basics for Local Kids, for those who want to save time by printing, completing and bringing to the event. Kids needing winter-wear must be present to receive items.

Monetary donations are needed for coats and gloves that don't get donated in needed sizes; please mail to Basics for Local Kids, P.O. Box 61, Ellsworth, WI 54011. Gently used and new donations can be dropped off inside these locations during business hours:

--Bay City, Flat Pennies Ice Cream;

--Ellsworth, Associated Bank, Bank Mutual, BMO Harris Bank, Ellsworth Public Library;

--Elmwood, Elmwood Public Library;

--Hager City, Hiawatha National Bank;

--Maiden Rock, Hiawatha National Bank;

--Plum City, Bitter Sweet Bakery and More;

--Prescott, First National Bank of River Falls-Prescott, Prescott Chiropractic;

--River Falls, River Falls State Bank, St. Croix Lanes Bowling Alley;

--Spring Valley, Spring Valley Public Library.