Mitten Trees at Public Libraries are ready for your donations!


Public Libraries throughout Lancaster County will hold their 17th annual Mitten Tree Campaign beginning on Monday, November 21.  Librarians from the county’s public libraries, in the spirit of holiday giving, will be collecting new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, earmuffs and umbrellas that will benefit children & families served by Lancaster County Children & Youth Services.   The public libraries in Lancaster County will participate in this year’s project.  Items will also be collected on the Bookmobile. Donations may be made from Monday, November 21 – Friday, December 16, 2016.

The Mitten Tree project has been hugely successful during the past sixteen years.  Last year the project netted nearly 5,000 donations.  Lancaster County’s Children and Youth Social Service Agency will oversee a portion of the distribution to children throughout the county, while most of the items will be given to churches and service agencies in local library communities.

Children & Youth Director of Quality Assurance, Amy M. Campbell, said of the project, “The Mitten Tree Project is an invaluable resource for the families of Lancaster County.  We are so fortunate to reside in such a generous community.  The donated hats, gloves and scarfs provide warmth and protection for some of our most neediest of families.”

Lancaster County’s Children and Youth Social Service Agency serves over 4,000 children throughout Lancaster County.  Individuals interested in participating should bring new, unwrapped mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, umbrellas and earmuffs to any of the public library locations during their hours of operation.  Visit this link to find out your library’s hours of operation: local public library.

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