Mitten Tree Collection of Warm Winter Accessories

“MITTEN TREE” DURING THE DECEMBER 15 HOLIDAY CHURCH SERVICE PROVIDES GIFTS FOR OUR NEIGHBORS TO WARD OFF THE COLD

Bring us your gloves, your scarves, hats, mittens, socks, and coats!

The tradition of the Mitten Tree in Unitarian and Universalist churches goes way back to the beginning of the last century, when several of our churches decided that they would collect warm winter clothing to send to children in Europe after World War I.

These many years later, the RE Action Team at Follen is partnering with Africano, a local community organization, that serves the needs of immigrant families, mostly from Uganda, in our neighboring town of Waltham. (Learn more about Africano.)

We are seeking gently used or new items for the young people in Africano- from ages 2 -22 years of age- to get through this winter: jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, and socks will be extremely appreciated. Parents, this is a great opportunity for your own children to have agency in choosing to make a difference. Please invite them into the spirit of giving by helping them look through their own closets, or perhaps using their allowance or holiday spending to brings some much needed warmth to other kids in our area.

If you don’t have something to donate, no problem — just click on over and choose something from our Amazon wishlist! Either way, bring your new or gently used kids’ winter wear on December 15th and let’s trim that tree and keep some kids warm this winter ! See our Amazon wish list here.

Note: If you need to drop off your donations earlier or later than December 15, look for the labeled Holiday Gift bag in the Community Center!