Becky Koivu started collecting clothing for those in need in her basement closet 15 years ago. Her daughter, Ann Roberts, took over when Becky passed away. "The New Beginnings Free Store" has evolved into a real store located at 119 5th Street, Calumet. Anyone can shop there and no money is ever required. Donations are accepted. Those donations can be used at Christmas for the Angel Tree Mission, to help people with utility shut off notices, or even helping people with medical appointments outside of the local area.
Throughout the year the volunteers regularly reserve the best items and then present them in a display for children who want to select (at no cost) presents for their parents on Mothers Day, Fathers Day, and Christmas. New Beginnings accepts donations of all working and clean items (with the exception of out-dated electronics). Their greatest ongoing need is for strong volunteers who help keep the store and basement storage organized. The yearly Angel Tree campaign matches childrens' gift requests to local residents who would like to purchase and drop off an unwrapped gift at the store. As of today there are still 100 remaining children requests to be matched.
However, no child is ever turned away. If necessary the store will take funds from the operating capital to provide the gifts matching that child's request. If you would like to fill a Calumet child's wish list there is still time. Drop by the store today, message the store on Facebook, or call Terry at (906) 370-9240 or Lynn at (906) 934-3602.