2012-11-08 / Lifestyles

Mitten Tree returns for season

42-year tradition will continue for residents


The Schoolcraft County Mitten Tree is now up in its familiar location at the Peoples Store. Decorating the tree last week were Christmas Committee members Irene Ketcik (left) and Jean Anthony. 
Pioneer Tribune photo The Schoolcraft County Mitten Tree is now up in its familiar location at the Peoples Store. Decorating the tree last week were Christmas Committee members Irene Ketcik (left) and Jean Anthony. Pioneer Tribune photo MANISTIQUE – For the 42nd year, the Mitten Tree will be helping Schoolcraft County residents in need. Recently, tthe familiar holiday tree once again appeared at the Peoples Store, courtesy of the Schoolcraft County Christmas Committee.

Donations of mittens, socks, scarves, hats, crocheted dolls, baby clothes, gloves, quilts, afghans and other items are now being accepted at the tree.

Items must be new, but may be store-bought or homemade. Donations should be placed under the tree by Dec. 3, at which time they will be gathered by the Christmas Committee and put in holiday containers for area families.

The Mitten Tree is just one part of the overall community Christmas program, run by the volunteer members of the Christmas Committee, the Michigan Department of Human Services, the Manistique Ministerial Association and various other partners.

The program collaborates with a number of area agencies and organizations and includes gift tags for local children, the Adopt-AFamily initiative, and fundraising to provide a holiday meal for families which otherwise might not be able to afford one.

Area residents are urged to look for gift tags at local churches and financial institutions. The tags are used to provide Christmas gifts for eligible children ages 0 to 18.

Presents should be new items, wrapped, have the tree tag taped to the gift, and turned in to the place the tag was picked up by Dec. 3.

After this deadline, committee members will pick up all the gifts and take them to the worksite at the Hiawatha Community Center, where each gift is registered before being placed in the family container. Distribution this year will take place on Dec. 15, at the center.

For more information on the Christmas campaign, contact DHS Community Resource Coordinator John Sherman-Jones at 341-4511 or Jean Anthony at 341-5517.

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