MOUNDRIDGE — Kansas has harsh, unpredictable weather and with the winter months quickly approaching, Mid Kansas Coop is preparing to keep the community warm this winter.

Now in its fifth year, Share the Warmth has been keeping area residents warm in Moundridge and other MKC locations since 2012, said Nichole Gouldie, communications specialist at MKC.

MKC started collecting items Oct. 1 and will continue collecting until Oct. 31.

“By promoting it the first of fall, it would be top of mind for everyone as they are getting their own items out and allow us to donate all of our items early enough for people to use them before the harsh winter weather is here,” she explained.

Share the Warmth was one of the first of many community outreach programs by MKC, and with much success, has continued to grow and serve communities all over Kansas.

This year, they are focusing on hats, scarfs and gloves for all ages, but coats are also welcome.

A monetary donation can also be provided in cans at each MKC location. From there, the Community Involvement Committee will purchase new items with the donations.

Donations are taken to different distribution locations in each MKC community, such as shelters, churches or schools.

Other services like Share the Warmth the Community Involvement Committee hosts are a food drive, participates in the United Way Angel Tree Program, coordinates blood drives and Adopt-A-Highway.

"In addition, MKC is committed to helping our rural communities prosper and prepare or tomorrow, developing leaders within our communities, alleviating hunger, enhancing agriculture education and community safety are just some of the programs that we are proud to support," Gouldie explained.

Every year, the MKC committee continues to look for ways to be involved within the community.

"I am sure these efforts will only continue to grow and we will continue to find different ways to give back our time, talent and resources," Gouldie said.

For more information, call MKC at 620-345-6328 or visit their website at https://.mkcoop.com.

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