To follow Jesus, we have to know and understand what He said and what He did. In Mark 10:14-15, “Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.’ Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.” As followers of Jesus, as His hands and feet, we can become that blessing for children.
Project Keep Kids Warm is entering the eleventh year of providing winter clothing to needy families in the Ishpeming, Negaunee, and Republic communities. This special mission and community outreach has been making a significant difference to struggling families in our area.
There continues to be a huge need for winter clothing for our youth, perhaps more so with the added challenges of the COVID-19 virus. We are determined to find creative ways to be socially responsible while at the same time ensuring that area children have the jackets, snow pants, boots, hats, and mittens they will need when the snow and cold arrive.
After much consideration the KKW team has determined that we cannot accept used winter items as we have collected in the past. Cleaning gently used clothing would not be cost effective, therefore Keep Kids Warm is seeking additional financial resources to purchase new items. Generous monetary donations at the beginning of the year allowed us to purchase many new winter clothing items and build a Fall inventory. However, we know from experience that we will need much more to fulfill the request that come in.
This year we are focusing on our relationship with area schools and social agencies to help identify families who can use some help. This will ensure that even in the absence of a large gathering Keep Kids Warm can continue to meet as many needs as possible.
The Project Keep Kids Warm team is committed to the mission of providing warm winter clothes to our area youth. Please consider joining us in that mission and donating so we can fulfill what our title says: Keep Kids Warm.