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Hats, mittens, scarves wanted for local donation drive

(Photo Courtesy/Mike Beiermeister) Hats, mittens, scarves, socks, and other cold weather items are being collected at Banner Realty until December 14th.

Alpena — the Salvation Army has a number of fundraisers and donation events happening throughout Alpena this holiday season

folks can stop by Banner Realty (259 S Ripley Blvd, Alpena, MI 49707) and drop off hats, scarves, mittens, socks, and other warm items for children in need. This is the seventh year that they’ve done this type of drive.

“Just a heartwarming thing to be apart of it,” said Banner Realty’s Margie Haaxma.”I know there is lots of things going on, and many people are giving of themselves more so in this community than many, and we’re totally blessed to apart of the community.”

You can drop off your items now until December 14th from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also stop by on Saturdays from 9:00 am until 3:00 p.m. The company will be doing raffle drawings for donations with three great items.

A number of other events are happening that benefit the Salvation Army. Michigan State Police’s ‘Stuff A Blue Goose’ takes place Saturday. Wal–Mart has angel trees where folks can pick a tag. That tag has items needed for a person. Folks can also call into the Salvation Army to adopt a family to provide gifts for their holidays.