Winter Warm-Up Giveaway at Fairgrounds


Winter Warm-up is this Saturday at the Logan County Fair Grounds from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Offering the community to come and take as many clothing, bedding, and household items as they need, free of charge.

Items available will include but are not limited to, coats, hats, gloves, clothing, bedding, and household items.

What started as one woman’s goal to help her community without having a bunch of money, has turned into helping over 300 families keep warm every winter.

Gina Wenger, of Harper, began Winter Warm-up 20 years ago to somehow help her community without spending money she didn’t have.

After some brainstorming with her parents, she decided that there were things in her own home that she wasn’t using, that she could donate to those in need.

She held the first event in 2003 and just had 3 families attend.


Last year Gina and her crew of volunteers had over 300 families attend the event.

Formerly held at Harper Community Church and then First Friends Church in Bellefontaine, the ever-expanding event has now moved to the Logan County Fairgrounds.

Gina, her parents, and a whole host of community volunteers collect donations throughout the year.

The items are then sorted by size, gender, and type.

They are then stored in tubs at the Harper Community Church.

Thursday, a large handful of volunteers took hundreds of totes to the fairgrounds and put them out on tables for the community.

Gina credits this event to her family, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, the Logan County Fair Board, Harper Community Church, First Friends Church, Hi-Point Free Will Baptist Church, and Rush Church.