MVSB's Mitten Tree Program collected 1,620 items

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is pleased to announce the results of this year's Mitten Tree Program with contributions of $3,240 to local non-profit organizations. Thanks to the generous support of the community, 1,620 winter weather accessories - including hats, mittens and scarves - were also collected and distributed to local families in need.

The Mitten Tree Program has been an MVSB community tradition for many years. In the weeks before Christmas, each of MVSB's 11 offices accepts and proudly displays donated handmade or purchased mittens, hats and scarves. For each item donated, MVSB provided a $2 contribution to local charitable organizations within the communities the Bank serves.

Financial contributions and all items donated by customers, community members and businesses are distributed at the beginning of January. All hats, mittens and gloves donated are given to members of the community who need help staying warm during the winter season. Numerous groups and individuals participate in the distribution of donated items, including the Visiting Nurses Association, local school nurses and childcare centers.

Non-profit organizations benefiting from the program this year fell into 3 different categories. Local senior service organizations shared a total amount of $1,228. Local humane societies split $738 and local food pantries benefited with equal distribution from $1,274.