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    Kwik Trip, Salvation Army Form Partnership

    The chain's c-stores are now collecting gently used coats, boots, hats and gloves.

    LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Kwik Trip Inc. is partnering with the Salvation Army and an area dry cleaner to make sure people in need stay warm this winter. During this year's Coats for Kids Etcetera program, Kwik Trip convenience stores will be collecting gently used coats, boots, hats and gloves to be distributed to children and adults in need, WKBT.com reported.

    The items collected will then be sent to One Hour Cleaners where they will be cleaned before being sent to the Salvation Army to be handed out to people in need.

    Last year, the program helped more than 650 people in the La Crosse area, and there is still a need this year. "Sometimes we take for granted how easy it is to reach into our closet and grab a warm coat to throw on and off we go," Salvation Army Major Curtiss Hartley said. "There really are people out there who don't have much to keep them warm and so, it's such a simple matter to hand down a coat, a pair of boots, and gloves and those types of things."

    Kwik Trip stores started collecting items yesterday and will continue to do so until Nov. 8. The Salvation Army will distribute the items Nov. 10-12, and Nov. 17-19.

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