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“Christmas Coach” collecting donations at downtown La Crosse community center

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Christmas is still a few weeks away, and you may have several chances to help people in need around the holidays.  One chance comes up this Saturday (December 3rd) at the Good Fight Community Center in La Crosse, at 118 6th Street N.

They’ll have a clothing and gift drive called “Christmas Coach,” where an MTU bus will be loaded with donations.  Assistant director Amanda Holmgaard at the Good Fight says they’re looking for pants, coats, boots, and other kinds of clothing, from small youth sizes to adult extra large.

There will also be snacks and entertainment at the event on North 6th Street near the cathedral, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks at the Good Fight Community Center in La Crosse, on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

The Good Fight Community Center provides coaching in boxing, and features a large gym with a full-size boxing ring. Holmgaard says it’s a play on words that the bus being used is referred to as a “coach.”

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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