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Meridith Jumisko is Public Relations Manager at the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Contact her at MJ@VisitKenosha.com or drop her a tweet @MJ_Kenosha.
Visitors Bureau is collecting warm winter clothing items
For the ninth year, the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s two Visitor Information Centers are serving as collection sites for the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s annual Big Bundle Up charity drive. You’re invited to drop off new or gently used coats, sweaters, hats, and mittens. All donations, accepted now through November 25 at our two centers, will stay in the community and be distributed to those in need through ELCA Outreach Center.
Our I-94 Visitor Information Center is located at the southeast corner of I-94 and Hwy. 165, at 10519 – 120th Ave. This time of year, it’s staffed Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Downtown Visitor Information Center is staffed Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please note if you have donated Big Bundle Up items in the past at our Downtown location, we are now at a new address. We are in the Harborview Office Center at 600 52nd Street, Suite 140. This is north of the City of Kenosha Municipal Building.
When you drop off a donation, be sure to pick up a Kenosha Area Visitors Guide and our Fall/Winter FUN 101 brochure: 101 Things to See & Do for $10 & Under – Many are FREE! We also carry the brochures of local attractions, shops, restaurants, and hotels. Let us be your resource to discover or re-discover the many great things we have to do here. Be A Tourist In Your Own Town! And that’s not all! The I-94 Visitor Information Center carries 350 different publications for destinations, attractions, and events throughout the state. Let us help you plan your next Wisconsin vacation!
This year, the Civil War Museum is also a collection site for Big Bundle Up, in conjunction with its current special exhibit: “Hold Your Horses!”. This is a display of Civil War Museum artifacts and history surrounding the First Regiment Wisconsin Cavalry. These soldiers trained in Kenosha on the grounds of Green Ridge Cemetery from November 1861 to March 1862. “Their commanders put out requests in the local paper for citizens to donate any winter clothing, blankets, hats, mittens, etc. to the men as they were ill equipped to handle the winter weather,” according to Doug Dammann, Education Manager for the Kenosha Public Museums. Big Bundle Up at the Civil War Museum is a continuation of those efforts to support people in need!
In its first eight years, the program has collected 155,893 warm winter items statewide to help families in need. In addition to the KACVB’s two locations, other collection sites are located throughout the state. The KACVB has collected more than 10,400 items.
The charity drive started in December 2011 as The Great Lakes Mitten Campaign and involved Michigan – as the “mitten state” is one of its nicknames. In light of all the buzz that surrounded the image of a Wisconsin-shaped mitten on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s website TravelWisconsin.com and its social media sites, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and Michigan’s tourism brand Pure Michigan joined forces to collect mittens for charity.
So when you’re getting out your winter clothing or shopping the early holiday sales, please consider the Big Bundle Up. Think of the people who can’t afford warm clothing this winter. They thank you – and the Visitors Bureau thanks you – for your donation.
(This article originally appeared in The Smart Reader, November 7th, 2019)
Are you familiar with the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (KACVB)? We are a private, not-for-profit corporation that was established in 1986 as the official destination marketing organization for Kenosha County. We are the ones that publish the Kenosha Area Visitors Guide, and have an awesome event calendar – with a lot more information – at VisitKenosha.com. We also keep you in the know about #KenoshaFun on social media and provide helpful information at two Visitor Information Centers.
Our mission is to increase visitor appreciation of and spending in Kenosha County, thus improving the economy of the region. Tourism is a real thing here! Visitor spending in Kenosha County continued its upward trend in 2018, reaching a record $227.8 million – an increase of 6.7% over the prior year. Kenosha County currently ranks 18th out of 72 Wisconsin counties for annual visitor spending. Tourism provides jobs, lowers personal taxes, improves our local economy, and provides a positive community image, which is critical for economic development. We promote the Kenosha Area as a fun, friendly, refreshing, and affordable overnight tourism destination to individuals, groups, and businesses throughout the world. We also encourage local residents to Be A Tourist In Your Own Town!
As you explore Kenosha, be sure to use our 2019 Kenosha Area Visitors Guide and VisitKenosha.com as your reference guides! Also check out our NEW Fall/Winter FUN 101 list: 101 Things to See & Do for $10 & Under – Many are FREE! Available online, this list will give you many ideas of how you can experience Kenosha like a tourist. The list is also available in brochure format at our Visitor Information Centers.
The list is updated twice a year – for the fall/winter and spring/summer months. A variety of affordable activities and events are listed. You can refer to the list when entertaining out-of-town family and friends, planning a date night, or organizing a play date for the kids. Use the list to discover places that are new to you or to reacquaint yourself with long-time favorites. Be reminded that there are numerous attractions, parks, restaurants, shops, and events to enjoy close to home.
If you’re looking for #KenoshaFun, we have you covered! Find your fun at VisitKenosha.com. Our website has the event calendar, two e-newsletters you can sign up for, the online Visitors Guide, the FUN 101 list, our blog that community members contribute to, and much more. There’s also a photo contest you can enter online: we want your photos of local recreational activities, landmarks, festivals and events, and attractions. Think of public places where visitors can go. Help us show tourists what a wonderful place the Kenosha Area is, and you could win dinner for two at a local restaurant! Be sure to follow Visit Kenosha on social media to receive updates about events and more.
You can also stop by one of our Visitor Information Centers. The Downtown Kenosha location offers Kenosha Area brochures at 600 52nd Street, Suite 140. We also staff the Visitor Information Center at I-94 & Hwy. 165. The center carries 350 different publications for destinations, attractions, and events throughout the state. Stop at our I-94 location the first Friday of each month between noon and 3 p.m. for First Fridays – a mini expo with area businesses/attractions. You can also call us for information at (262) 654-7307.
(This article originally appeared in The Smart Reader, October 24th, 2019)