Fill a mitten for an Osakis child this ChristmasThere’s a child in Osakis wishing for a noisy fire truck for Christmas. A 14-year-old boy could use a Silverstreaks sweatshirt. A 16-year-old girl hopes she’ll get the latest Twlight novel.
By: Greta Petrich, Osakis Review
There’s a child in Osakis wishing for a noisy fire truck for Christmas. A 14-year-old boy could use a Silverstreaks sweatshirt. A 16-year-old girl hopes she’ll get the latest Twlight novel.
This is just an idea of some wishes you could help fulfill by picking out a mitten from the Mitten Tree.
The Mitten Tree, located at Osakis City Hall, is decorated with mittens symbolizing children who could use your help this Christmas.
Each “mitten” tag includes the gender, age, clothing size, shoe size, and some toy or gift ideas. All names are kept confidential.
The Osakis Women’s Association, which organizes this project, expects to have around 100 mittens representing Osakis children – ranging from birth to 18 years.
Understanding the difficult economy, organizers are hoping those who have a little extra will stop in and pick up a mitten to help brighten the Christmas for an area child, especially teenagers, who often get overlooked next to the little ones.
You can stop by City Hall to pick a family of mittens and add those people to your holiday shopping list or select a single mitten.
Wrapped gifts should be returned to City Hall by Friday, December 18.
For those who simply want to donate miscellaneous presents, these gifts should be left unwrapped so the present can be matched to a specific child.
Cash donations are also accepted and will be used to buy toys; extra money will be used to purchase gift certificates for the families. Checks should be written to Osakis Women’s Association and mailed to Attn: Mitten Tree, Osakis Women’s Association, P.O. Box 96, Osakis MN 56360.
For more information, call Heidi Ciepielinski at (320) 859-5660.
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