SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — KELOLAND experiences all that mother nature has to offer. Whether it’s the scorching sun on a hot summer day, or the blustering wind on a freezing winter night, people have to be prepared for all the seasons. That’s why Keep KELOLAND Warm is an initiative that started in 2014 to help others brace the winter cold.
We have partnered with Lewis stores to collect winter coats, hats, scarves, mittens and gloves. All stores in Sioux Falls are accepting donations except for the Lewis downtown. Kids items, 2X, 3X and larger items are the highest in demand.
Collections started October 1 and will go until November 26, but distributions will be happening throughout those dates. For a list of distribution sites, click here.
When a woman’s body was found in a Sioux Falls parking ramp in 2014, people took action to try to make sure no one else would die of hypothermia.
Volunteers and employees gather together to sort winter gear for distribution. All items are looked over to make sure they meet the requirements.
- gently used
- warm winter wear
Some items are easier to tell if they meet these standards. Numerous donations are knitted –
But, whether its knitted, jean, flannel, down or anywhere in between, items will be sorted into sizes for kids and adults.
You can donate scarves, hats, snow pants, gloves, and coats at any Lewis location in Sioux Falls except downtown.