Posted at: 10/15/2013 11:07 PM
By: Dan Conradt
Project Donates 'Recycled' Mittens
It's one of the facts of a Minnesota winter -- if you don't cover them up, little fingers can get awfully cold.
"We are donating 211 pair of mittens to the United Way of Mower County for their outerwear drive," said The Mitten Project’s Jill Marsh.
This year, The Mitten Project is helping make sure more of those little fingers stay warm.
"The mittens are actually made out of recycled sweaters," Marsh explained. The sweaters are donated, and lined with donated fleece.
“And sew them into fun, colorful mittens, lots of different colors, we do a couple of different sizes so that we can fit smaller children and larger children," Marsh explained. “Start to finish a pair of mittens runs us somewhere between 35 minutes to an hour."
“Last year we served over 400, so we know the need is going to be comparable this year," said United Way director Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt.
“We donated 89 pair last year, and so this year we wanted to at least double that amount so we could help cover some of those extra children," Marsh added.
And the demand is being driven by the economy – some families have to make a choice between paying the rent, utility bills and warm clothing.
“And sometimes it's wearing a sweatshirt or something because you can't afford a new coat," Lighthizer-Schmidt told us.
Each pair of Mitten Project mittens asks the recipient to "pay it forward".
"You could take ten minutes and help your neighbor bag up the leaves that they just raked. even something simple like that, all we're asking people to do is think about other people instead of yourself first," Marsh said.