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Mitten Tree Becoming Kirkwood Tradition

In its three years running, the Kirkwood Mitten Tree Project has collected more than 400 pieces of outerwear for children. Donations can be clipped to the tree through Jan. 6.

Just because Christmas has come and gone, it doesn't mean the spirit of giving is over at 425 N. Taylor Ave., the home of the Kirkwood Mitten Tree.

The Kirkwood Mitten Tree Project, now in its third year of operation, was conceived by a group of homeowners who thought that the high foot and car traffic on their street would provide great visibility for a charitable effort. The homeowners would prefer not to be identified. 

The Kirkwood Mitten Tree still seeks warm winter donations to go toward the children of Kirk Care. The live tree will remain in the yard of 425 N. Taylor Ave., until Jan. 6, according to a news release. Donations of new mittens, gloves, scarves and hats can be placed in ziploc bags provided at the base of the tree and clipped to the tree using clothespins located in the basket underneath the tree.

Donors can record their names and donations on a Facebook page created for the fundraising effort: Kirkwood Mitten Tree Project Facebook

Last year the Kirkwood Mitten Tree collected over 200 pieces of outerwear for the children of Kirk Care clients. To date, the tree has provided over 400 pieces of outerwear to Kirk Care clients' children.

Giving Tree Is Community Effort

The Mitten Tree Project wouldn't be possible without the efforts of multiple residents and Kirkwood business owners. 

The homeowners are very grateful to Dan Mitchell of Summit Produce Christmas Tree Lot at the Kirkwood Farmers' Market for once again donating the live Christmas tree.

Kevin and Amy O'Brien of the Kirkwood company Agape Construction donated the lights, graphic design help and street signs. St. Louis Community College-Meramec graphics design student Alex Linek donated her time and talent to design the logo and yard signs for the project.

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