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      Helping to Keep Kids Warm

      Project Keep Kids Warm is gearing up for its next phase. Volunteers from Wesley United Methodist Church in Ishpeming were setting up all the clothes at the Ishpeming Armory Wednesday night that were recently donated by area citizens. Earlier in the month, volunteers went out and collected coats, jackets, boots and hats for donation. The clothing goes to people struggling to afford warm clothing for the coming winter season. Organizers say the project shows the character of the Upper Peninsula.

      "We still cling to old fashioned values, old fashioned character and integrity, neighbors help neighbors, and when I see the smiles on the kids' faces and the people who reach out to volunteer and be a part of this project, we all know that there's a thread to a higher power," said Richard Derby, Project Coordinator

      Pickup times for the clothing will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 26, at the armory. This is the fourth year for Project Keep Kids Warm. Last year they were able to collect more than 6,000 clothing items.