Sprecher Brewery to Host Winter Clothing Drive

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Glendale, WIIf you’re cleaning out winter clothing from your closets, or are tempted by the major winter wear sales, bring your excess to Sprecher Brewing Company where a “Stuff Our Bus” winter clothing drive starts on Sunday, February 1st.

During the entire month of February, Sprecher Brewery’s Gift Shop will be the main drop-off site for “Stuff Our Bus,” a winter clothing drive benefiting COA Youth and Family Centers (COA). Everyone with a new or gently used winter clothing donation should bring it to the Sprecher Gift Shop during operating hours: Monday – Saturday, 11am-6pm; and Sunday, 11am-5pm. Sprecher employees will collect the clothing and then stuff the Sprecher bus with these items. Once it is full it will be driven to COA Youth and Family Centers where the winter clothing will be distributed as needed.

All donors receive a 15% purchase discount coupon from the Sprecher Gift Shop.

Sprecher welcomes local Milwaukee partners to act as drop-off sites for the “Stuff Our Bus” campaign. On Saturday, February 7th, the Sprecher bus will be at Brown Deer Park for Winterfest, a free, family friendly event organized by the Milwaukee North Sunrise Rotary Club. Winterfest takes place 10am-4pm, and includes workshops, a host of free activities including a visit by the Sled Dogs of Door County. Most recently, the Riverwest Public House, 812 E. Locust St., Milwaukee, signed on as a drop-off site for donations. If you bring your donations to the Riverwest Public House, Sprecher will buy you a beer.

Sprecher chose COA because, “Our company admires the work COA does, which stems from their philosophy, ‘The best way to achieve positive outcomes for youth is through a family-centered approach that engages parents in their child’s education, growth, and development,’ said Anne Sprecher who organized the clothing drive. She continued, “I invite everyone to commit a directed act of kindness by contributing new or gently used winter gear, or opening their business as a drop-off location for Sprecher’s “Stuff Our Bus” winter clothing drive. Our goal is to deliver several busloads of new or gently used winter coats, hats, mittens, long underwear, snow pants, and scarves to COA Youth and Family Centers by the end of this drive.”


According to Laura Lysaght, COA Youth and Family Centers Donor Relations Coordinator, this winter clothing drive is timely. “COA serves over 10,000 people—children and adults—each year. When COA receives a financial donation that money goes to support the impactful, family-centered programming that takes place within our centers. Many of our families have needs above and beyond what is offered within our doors. Some of them are struggling to provide basic necessities like warm coats, hats, sweaters and mittens. Sprecher’s clothing drive will allow us to provide much-needed winter gear to our participants. It’s wonderful to witness the community’s commitment to Milwaukee’s children and families, and to COA.”

Winter clothing donations can be brought to the Sprecher Gift Shop, 701 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, Wisconsin, Monday thru Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday 11am-5pm. The Riverwest Public House, 812 E. Locust St. is also a drop-off site during business hours. “Stuff Our Bus” takes place Feburary 1-28, 2015. Businesses interested in becoming a drop-off spot should email Anne Sprecher, asprecher@sprecherbrewery.com.

About Sprecher Brewing Company

Maker of award-winning beers and gourmet sodas, Sprecher Brewing Company is Milwaukee’s first brewery since Prohibition. Established in 1985, Sprecher remains a leader in Wisconsin’s craft brewing industry.

Sprecher Brewing Company and the Sprecher Gift Shop are located at 701 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale, WI, 53209. Visit our Gift Shop for a full selection of Sprecher products. Call 414.964.2739 to sign up for a brewery tour, or speak to someone about event rentals. Gift Shop hours: Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm.

To learn more visit us on the web: www.sprecherbrewery.com.

About COA Youth and Family Centers

COA Youth & Family Centers was founded in 1906 by a dynamic group of women, who sought to provide families in poverty the means to achieve self-sufficiency and raise healthy, productive, successful children. 



COA’s mission is to help Milwaukee children, teens, and families reach their greatest potential through a continuum of educational, recreational, and social work programs offered at its Riverwest Center and Goldin Center, rural camp facility, and partnering with Milwaukee Public Schools. 


COA’s philosophy is that the best way to achieve positive outcomes for youth is through a family-centered approach that engages parents in their child’s education, growth, and

development. This philosophy is woven through COA’s entire programming continuum, which is comprised of three core focus areas: Early Child Development, Youth Development, and Community Development.


COA’s main office is located at 909 E. North Ave, Milwaukee. To learn more, visit the website: http://www.coa-yfc.org/wp/, or contact Laura Lysaght (414) 263-8383 ext. 119.