Nov 30, 2013

Mitten Tree helps kids keep hands warm this winter

GREENVILLE – The Fish Mitten Tree is once again waiting to be decorated with donated gloves and mittens; these donations will be distributed to the children enrolled in Darke County Heat Start programs. In addition to the Mitten Tree located at Montage, 525 S. Broadway, Greenville, a Mitten Tree also stands inside the Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut St., Greenville and in the Ben Franklin, 4 W. George St., Arcanum. Many churches and organizations also erect trees which collect gloves and mittens from their members; these donations are then passed on to Fish to be given to the Head Start participants. The Mitten Tree has been an annual holiday project of the Fish organization for over 40 years. The program was started by Maxine Katzenbarger and Alice Wagner at the Yarn Dome.

“The Mitten Tree provides the opportunity for people of all ages and incomes to participate in the true spirit of the season,” said Marilyn Delk, Fish volunteer coordinating the Mitten Tree project. “We sincerely hope that our generous neighbors will be able to once again this year spare the relatively small amount required to purchase a pair of mittens or gloves and bring joy and warmth to local children who may not receive many other gifts this Christmas,” Mrs. Delk concluded.

To best meet the needs of children directly served by Head Start programs throughout the county, donated gloves and mittens should fit boys and girls age five and under; however, donated items in larger sizes will be shared with Head Start families. Donations should be made by Dec. 16 in order to distribute prior to Christmas. For more information regarding the Mitten Tree, contact Mrs. Delk, 548-2482.

Fish is an ecumenical volunteer organization that responds to emergency food needs with a Choice Food Pantry, open Mondays from 1-2 p.m., Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Fridays, 4-5 p.m. No appointment is necessary to visit the Food Pantry; clients are eligible for help once every four weeks. The Fish phone number is 548-2000.


Cheyenne, Charlie and Zorianna, students at the Greenville Head Start program help Commissioners Diane Delaplane, Mike Stegall and Mike Rhoades, and Kristy Cutarelli and Marilyn Delk, representing Fish, decorate the Mitten Tree at Montage.

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