Fish Mitten Tree asks for donations

L-R: Commissioner MIke Stegall, Marilyn Delk with Fish, Michelle Sanders with Head Start, Commissioner Larry Holmes and in the back Commissioner Matt Aultman. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE—The Fish Mitten Tree needs gloves and mittens donated to decorate its empty branches. The donations will be distributed to the local children enrolled in Darke County Head Start programs.

In addition to the Mitten Tree, located at Montage Cafe, 525 S. Broadway St, Greenville, Ohio 45331, a Mitten Tree also stands at Greenville Public Library, 520 Sycamore St, Greenville, Ohio, and in Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut St, Greenville, Ohio, as well as Fourman’s Variety Store, 4 W. George St, Arcanum, Ohio.

Many churches and organizations also erect trees which collect gloves and mittens from their members; these donations are passed on to Fish to be given to the Head Start students. The Mitten Tree is an annual holiday project of Fish organization, and has existed for over 50 years.

To best meet the needs of children directly served by Head Start programs, donated gloves and mittens should fit boys and girls under 5 years old. If donated in larger sized, they will be shared with Head Start families. So mittens and gloves can be distributed prior to Christmas, contributions should be received by Dec. 21.

For more information regarding the Mitten Tree, contact Marilyn Delk at 937-548-2482, or 937-459-2595.

Fish is an ecumenical volunteer organization that responds to emergency food needs. The Fish Choice Food Pantry, at 400 Markwith Ave, Greenville, Ohio, is open Mondays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is needed to visit the Food Pantry, clients are eligible for help every four weeks.

To learn more, call Fish at 937-548-2000, a Fish Volunteer will return your call.