The Annual Tillsonburg News Mitten Tree Project provides warmth to children in the Tillsonburg and surrounding community.
The brightly lit tree is located in the Tillsonburg News office and is decorated with various donated items of warm clothing.
The project was started about 18 years ago by a group of ladies who knit and purchased mittens, gloves, and scarves to give to the area children in need.
Its goal and purpose has evolved into collecting hats, mittens, coats, toys and food for local children who might not otherwise have such things. Cash donations are also accepted and will be put towards the purchase of more needed items.
The children's clothing is distributed fairly to the area schools who then ‘divvy it up as needed.’
"The schools look forward to it," said Sharon Craig, an employee at the Tillsonburg News office. "There are a lot of kids out there that are in need of warm... anything."
Adult clothing, as well as toys and food which are also received goes to the Women's Emergency Centre in Woodstock, along with some of the donated kids clothing.
This year's donations have dropped a bit, she said.
"It’s been slowing down a bit."
So if you would like to spread some holiday warmth to area kids in need, drop by the Tillsonburg News office by Monday, December 17 (pushed back from the 10th). Office hours are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
For more information contact Sharon Craig at (519) 688-4400, ext. 230.