Big Bundle Up Campaign Collects 21,452 Winter Items

The ninth annual Big Bundle Up campaign concluded earlier this month. The Door County tourism industry and local community worked together to collect 937 winter clothing items. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism led the campaign, and the Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) organized it locally. The DCVB Welcome Center – along with community visitor centers in Baileys Harbor, Carlsville, Door County North, Egg Harbor, Ephraim, Fish Creek, Jacksonport, Sister Bay, Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay – volunteered to participate. Nicolet Bank also collected at its Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay and Brussels locations. Community members dropped off new or gently used cold-weather clothing items between Nov. 15 and Jan. 2 at any of the drop-off sites, and the collected items were donated to local organizations throughout the county. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism reported 21,452 winter clothing items collected at Wisconsin Welcome Centers and tourist information centers around Wisconsin. Since 2011, the campaign has donated more than 155,800 items to Wisconsin residents in need. Cambria Mueller, DCVB marketing manager, helped co-organize the collection. “It was great to see such community support with this campaign,” Mueller said. “We were able to donate items to 12 different organizations throughout Door County.” Locally, the campaign has donated 6,247 items to Door County residents in need.