Free clothes instead of books: Woman creates ‘Love Locker’

March 20, 2021 Updated: March 20, 2021, 8:25 am

FIFE LAKE, me. (AP) – A northern Michigan woman who was inspired by tiny free libraries created a “Love Locker,” a large chest of clothes for anyone who needs it.

Caley Mehs received approval to place the first outside the library in Fife Lake, a village southeast of Traverse City. Your goal is to have four or five in the area by summer. Buckley is likely next.

“There was no question that this was a great idea and that we should definitely move on,” Library Director Julie Kintner told the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Mehs and others collect clothes from people who show interest in social media. There are coats, boots and gloves for the winter. The offer will change in the warmer months.

“They have the little free libraries everywhere,” said Mehs, 29, from Kingsley. “I thought it was a really cool concept and I want to build on that idea and offer winter clothing.”

Dave Gonyer of Gonyer Wood Concepts donated his time for the first locker. But additional chests would likely cost $ 900 in materials and labor. Mehs raises money at

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