MEREDITH — As the holidays approach, Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is looking to the community for help in keeping local residents warm this winter by participating in its annual Mitten Tree program.
The Mitten Tree program begins the day after Thanksgiving and continues through December 21. Donations of handmade or purchased mittens, gloves, hats and scarves can be dropped off at any MVSB office. Donated items will be displayed on a holiday tree in the lobby of each branch before being distributed to members of the community who need them. Various organizations, schools and individuals help to distribute the donated items after the first of the year.
For every donated Mitten Tree item, MVSB will contribute $2 to local nonprofit organizations. Last year, the MVSB Mitten Tree program donated more than $3,000 to organizations in the Lakes Region. Winter-wear donors will be asked to complete a form to designate where their $2 donation(s) will be sent: local food pantries, humane societies and/or senior centers. MVSB will then equally divide the total dollar amount of funds raised for each category among the applicable area agencies.