A local La Crosse organization is serving as a collection site for Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s charity drive.

The La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau  is inviting residents 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 Big Bundle Up” is a statewide collection program running Nov. 18, 2013 - Jan. 4, 2014.

This is the third year of the program. Last year’s program collected more than 17,000 winter items to help warm up families in need.

In addition to the La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, other collection sites are located throughout the state.

A donation box will be located in Riverside Park in La Crosse for donors to drop off warm clothing items. All items donated at this location will be given to local Salvation Army.

For more information about why the La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is participating in “The Big Bundle Up,” please contact, Kristi Umberger at 782-2366.

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