Cold temperatures and snow bring holiday cheer to many. However, for the homeless, winter causes anxiety. To combat the dropping temperatures, a student organization is trying to bring spirits up through outreach efforts.

When temperatures drop, most Dane County residents have a warm place to return.

However, for the community’s large homeless population, staying warm is a more difficult task.

Fortunately, the student-led organization BundleUp is doing its part to try to help those in need.

Since 2015, members have been distributing warm winter clothing and personal hygiene products to the homeless population across Dane County.

Avery Aurand is the group’s Vice President, and says it is making a positive difference in her life too.

“All the work we are doing has a very immediate impact within our community. Also, I think it has given me a very different perspective into social stigmas.”

On Wednesday, BundleUp hosted a Clothing Swap at East Campus Mall. Students paid a small admission fee, and the proceeds raised will be used to help those that are down on their luck this winter.

Students interested in learning more can join the BundleUp Facebook group, or email


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