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Library seeks Mitten Tree donations

By Staff | Dec 12, 2014

A prominent feature of the Heart of America Library around holiday time is in need of donations.

The library is seeking mittens, hats, adult gloves and scarves to add to its Mitten Tree, which has been a tradition for 20 years. Donations can be in new or gently used condition, and are sent to Ely Elementary, Little Flower and Wolford Schools.

“We’ve had several students and community members who have benefitted from the (Mitten Tree), and I hope it’s a practice that continues in the future,” said Larry Zavada, Wolford School superintendent.

The library also accepts monetary donations in the place of mittens.

“I think it’s worthwhile,” Library Director Sheila Craun said of the Mitten Tree. “Everybody could use cold weather gear.”

Last year the library received 40 caps, seven scarves, 55 pairs of children’s gloves and eight pairs of adult gloves. In addition to area schools, the library also donated gloves to the Rugby Food Pantry.

“If we can beat that this year, that would be cool,” Craun said.

The library will accept donations to the Mitten Tree until January 9, 2015.

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