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Tourism industry helps "Bundle Up" Wisconsin

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Tourism is hoping to make this winter a little warmer for those in need.

On Monday, the Department launched "The Big Bundle Up." It's a statewide charity drive to collect new and gently used gloves, hats, scarves, coats, sweaters and other winter gear that will be donated to Wisconsin charities around the state.

"Last year's 'mitten debate' with Michigan turned into a very positive charitable campaign," said Governor Scott Walker. "With the support of tourism organizations who have stepped up to serve as collection sites along with the generosity of everyone who makes a donation, we'll keep the momentum going and help Wisconsin families stay warm this winter."

There's nearly 80 drop-off sites across the state. The sites are located at Travel Wisconsin Welcome Centers, tourist information and visitor centers, businesses and offices. 

For a complete list of locations click here.

Visitors can also donate warm clothing items at Lambeau Field prior to the start of the Green Bay Packers football game on December 9.

"The response to last year's charity drive, from both the tourism industry and those who donated, was incredible," said Secretary of Tourism Stephanie Klett. "Our tourism partners urged us to continue this as an annual program and make it even bigger. We're proud of their commitment and shared goal to collect as many winter items as possible for their local communities."

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