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Jail seeks donations of warm weather gear

For the fourth year in a row, the Douglas County Jail is collecting jackets, sweatshirts and other warm weather gear. The items can make a dramatic difference to men and women being released from jail in Superior's harsh winter weather.

"It's about personal dignity, and in some cases, survival," said Leslie Walker, therapist and program coordinator at the jail.

Walker has been working in the field for three decades. She's found that a big hindrance to the mobility of someone being released from jail is a lack of adequate clothing. Without it, Walker said, "The chances of them getting to their destination are slim."

If a person came to the jail in the summer and isn't released until winter, the clothing they were wearing on intake won't keep them warm. Others may have been homeless before coming to jail and in need of basic items.

New or gently-used clothing is nice to have on hand for them, Walker said, particularly with the bitter cold the area has been experiencing.

"It's a matter of just dignity and respect and taking care of any human being who walks out the door," Walker said.

The jail is accepting jackets, heavier sweatshirts, thick socks, hats, mittens and sweatpants, which can be layered under jeans, in men's and women's sizes. All items must be inspected. To arrange an inspection time to donate items, call Walker at the Douglas County Jail, (715) 395-7446.

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