It began as The Mitten Tree. Every December for many years Christian Education Board and later the Outreach Board set up an artificial Christmas tree in the Bess Fulton Room and decorated it with hats, mittens, gloves, scarves. These were distributed to local schools and charities to warm hands and hearts. In recent years the Mitten Tree donation opportunity has stretched into January as we recognize the need in Michigan for warm apparel well after Christmas.
In April 2018, Outreach Board decided they wished to keep the giving tree concept growing and requested donations of diapers and feminine hygiene product donations for April and May. To facilitate collection of these types of items, a series of wooden boxes in the design of an evergreen tree allows easier placement of donations. This is located in the same place as the Christmas Mitten Tree in the Bess Fulton room.
June and July 2018 collections were paper products: paper towel, toilet paper, napkins, plates, etc. Note that DIAPERS are in especially great demand, the larger sizes, 4, 5, or 6 and will be accepted EVERY month.
August and September will be socks and underwear, especially for students returning to school. October will be towels and linens. November will be offerings of the Brown Bag — food and grocery items and White Bag — toiletries and health items.
December we will once again collect mittens, scarves, hats and winter paraphernalia for our community. Don’t forget winter Coat Drive. Your monetary donations toward this will allow us to purchase coats at quantity discount for people less fortunate. These are distributed thru SIREN/Eaton Shelter and Eaton Clothing and Furniture Center.
Thank you for all of your support!