Help fill the Head Start Mitten Tree

By LANA MUTHLER

lmuthler@lockhaven.com

LOCK HAVEN – There’s nothing as heartbreaking as seeing small children out in the cold winter weather without proper clothing… including a pair of mittens to keep their little hands warm.

So far this winter season, the weather has been kind, but we all know that won’t last forever.

Before long, the ice and snow of winter will hit and bring about the need for heavy coats, hats, gloves, mittens and scarves.

When that happens, STEP wants to make sure that every child enrolled in the Clinton and Lycoming counties Head Start program has a pair of mittens to keep their little hands warm.

That’s 700 pairs of mittens this year.

And your help is desperately needed to reach that goal.

The Head Start Mitten Tree at the Clinton County Community Center still has many bare branches. More mittens are needed to fill the tree and make sure all of the children receive this special gift.

But time is running out.

The deadline for donations is next Friday, Dec. 18.

Donations can either be store-bought or handmade, and fit the hands of youngsters up to five years old.

In addition to mittens, the project is also seeking scarves, gloves and hats.

Donations can be dropped off at the Clinton County Community Center, 124 E. Walnut St., Lock Haven. or at the STEP Head Start Offices at 2138 Boyd St., Williamsport.

The STEP Head Start Mitten Tree Project was begun 11 years ago, inspired by a book of the same name about a woman who knits for children who need mittens.

“Providing warm hands for children warms the hearts of our community. We are hoping that our neighbors and friends will embrace the spirit of giving and help us assure every child gets a head start in the new year,” one Head Start director said.