Starting in 2004, WCAX-TV began the Channel 3 Mitten Tree to fill a need in the community by collecting new hats, mittens, scarves and socks from members of the community and then distributing them to individual schools, daycares, agencies (such as United Way). The goal was to provide every child and adult in our viewing area a warm winter accessory. Since its inception, the Mitten Tree has given away over 50,000 hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and socks.
The success of the Mitten Tree became so great that other organizations saw the need and have now begun their own Mitten Tree collection sites and programs. It is with a sense of pride that WCAX has now decided to let these organizations and agencies continue the great work that we began in 2004. Our goal was to help and to call attention to the problem; our community has answered with tremendous support and now with better services from the best-positioned agencies to aid those in need.
You can continue to help:
The United Way agencies of Vermont have a statewide assistance line – 211. If you have been knitting winter accessories and want to donate, please call 211 for the donation site nearest you. Local non-profits are always looking for donations like these.
For anyone in need of winter accessories they can call 211 and they will help you get the items you need.
WCAX remains committed to helping our neighbors, and like before, we serve to connect the open hearts in our community with the people for whom help is needed. We now feel the community has systems in place to do this work, and that we can best serve to direct donations to those agencies.
We hope that the generous spirit we’ve seen through donations and letters of thanks continue.
Here is just a sampling of letters and pictures we’ve collected through the years.
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