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      Project Keep Kids Warm kicks off

      Signing up to help at Wesley United Methodist Church
      A record turnout of volunteers kicked off Project Keep Kids Warm in Ishpeming Saturday.

      Project Keep Kids Warm collects donations of new and lightly used winter clothing to hand out to those in need later in October. Saturday, about 300 volunteers gathered at Wesley United Methodist Church to hand out 7,000 collection bags, door-to-door, in the Ishpeming area. This is the fourth year for the project, and it grows each year. It now includes nearly ten churches in Negaunee and Ishpeming and also local Boy and Girl Scouts and Pioneer Kiwanis of Ishpeming.

      "It's a wonderful outreach where church people, who believe that they should be helping their neighbor, have an opportunity to do that," said Richard Derby, Project Coordinator.

      Next Saturday, they will collect the bags with donated clothing and then hand them out on the free shopping day at the Ishpeming National Guard Armory on Saturday, October 26.