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The season of giving begins

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By Bonnie Shelton

WAUSAU (WAOW)-- The Salvation Army is teaming up with the local Kiwanis Club to provide "Coats for Kids." The annual drive collects donations of warm winter gear for all ages to help the needy in Wausau.

Although the title leads you to believe the clothing is only for kids, the Salvation Army's Community Center also has winter coats and accessories for adults.

The drive starts Friday, November 5th at 9 a.m. and runs through Saturday the 6th at noon.

Another holiday drive is also starting up on Friday. The Salvation Army's annual "Kettle Bell Drive" will start ringing in donations at 21 different locations across Wausau.

Captain Brian Goodwill of the Salvation Army said the money raised during the holiday season is crucial because it helps to fund services all year long.

The Salvation Army provides hot lunch six days a week and also uses donations to stock their food pantry, help people down on their luck make rent, and to buy food vouchers.

The coat drive may end on Saturday, but the need for winter clothes won't.

The Salvation Army receives requests for food and clothing throughout the year, so you can still bring in gently used winter clothing to the Salvation Army even after "Coats for Kids" ends.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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