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

Caley Mehs stands in front of a
Caley Mehs stands in front of a “Love Locker” at the Fife Lake library in Fife Lake, Mich., Tuesday, March 16, 2021. The locker offers free seasonal clothing for those in need. Mehs hopes to build more in the Traverse City region. (Mike Krebs/Traverse City Record-Eagle via AP)Mike Krebs/AP

FIFE LAKE, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan woman inspired by seeing tiny free libraries has created a “Love Locker,” a large chest stocked with clothes for anyone who needs them.

Caley Mehs got approval to put the first one outside the library in Fife Lake, a village southeast of Traverse City. Her goal is to have four or five in the region by summer. Buckley probably is next.

“There was no question that this was a great idea and that we should definitely move forward with it,” library director Julie

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FIFE LAKE — Patrons can check out more than books from the Fife Lake Public Library. Like snow pants, with no return date.

Just outside the library’s front door lies a “locker” full of winter clothes available to take for anyone who wants them, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, no questions asked.

It’s the first of hopefully many “love lockers” coordinated by 29-year-old Kingsley woman Caley Mehs. Plans are in place to open a second love locker in Buckley, hopefully having four to five by the summer.

Mehs said she drew inspiration for the project after delivering newspapers for the Record-Eagle in the Long Lake area.

“They have the little free libraries everywhere,” Mehs said. “I thought that was a really cool concept and I would like to kind of build on that idea and offer winter clothing.”

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The victim’s husband told KPIX his wife was wearing the purse crossed around her neck and shoulder and she was pulled 150 feet by the suspect’s car.

“She’s very scared and shaken up,” the victim’s husband, who did not want to be identified, told KPIX. The couple had driven from out of town to go to Oakland Beauty Supply.

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