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Racine County area residents have done it again! Their generous donations of winter clothing broke local and statewide records for The Big Bundle Up campaign this year.

A record 1,323 winter clothing items, including coats, caps, sweaters, gloves and hats, were collected in Racine County in the campaign conducted by Real Racine and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Area residents also contributed to setting a new statewide record of 31,697 items.

Now in its sixth year, The Big Bundle Up, held from Nov. 17 through Jan. 2, collected warm clothing for local charities. The Real Racine Visitor Center, Downtown Racine Corp., Greater Union Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce, Victory Lane Full Service Car Wash, Feiner Plumbing, RG Natural Babies and Connect Cell served as donation sites. In addition, Sew ‘n Save of Racine conducted a special one-day clothing drive and employees at Shorewest Realtors collected items.

Winter wear received in the Racine County drive went to:

• Burlington Transitional Living Center, an agency that provides temporary assistance to people in need of shelter and living essentials.
• Homeless Assistance Resource Center (HALO) of Racine.
• Hospitality Center of Racine.
• Racine Family YMCA’s Focus on Fathers and Salsa Sabor y Salad programs.
• The Salvation Army of Racine.
• Thread by Thread, a clothing ministry of Bethania Lutheran Church, Racine.
• United Way of Racine County’s Community School initiative at Knapp Elementary School.
• Women’s Resource Center of Racine, an organization that provides crisis intervention, shelter and services to victims of domestic abuse.

Since its creation in 2011, The Big Bundle Up has collected more than 103,400 warm clothing items for local charities throughout the state.

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