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Native students offer circle of warmth

The UWS Circle of Native Nations organization is gearing up to collect winter wear items, so everyone in the community has an opportunity to stay warm this season.

The UWS Circle of Native Nations organization is gearing up to collect winter wear items, so everyone in the community has an opportunity to stay warm this season.

The Circle of Native Nations of UW-Superior is hoping students will donate coats, hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves to help those in need of winter clothes. Gary Johnson is the Director of First Nations Center on the UWS campus.

"A lot of us come from backgrounds where we've needed help and somebody was always there to pitch in, so we feel like it's our part to give back whenever you can. I'm mean we're all in a pretty good place, and we want to share that with people. It's part of our culture. It's just who we are, and we want to try and give something back."

This is the Circle of Native Nations second winter wear drive. President of CNN Aaron Bigboy says they do not have a goal they're just looking to collect as much as they can.

"Last year when we did the hat, mitten, and scarf drive we did work with the CHUM Center in Duluth and the Salvation Army in Superior here. So when we brought all the donations in it was made pretty evident this is a pretty big deal and that this is pretty key to the community and helping out, and not just people that really need it but some people that might not be able to afford it. As Native Americans we always look to give back and take care of people."

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Alex Gokee is a UWS student and member of CNN. He says giving back is always a positive.

"It's always nice to give back. I mean it's, what we're taught as kids is do what you can for others, really you know cause you might have it set but that doesn't mean everyone else does."

The winter wear drive ends Dec. 14.

Collection drop off sites are at UWS are in the Yellowjacket Union, Multicultural Center (Old Main 232), Marcovich Wellness Center and Sundquist 147. The items will be donated to the Salvation Army in Superior.

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