As the air gets colder most of us bundle up in our hats and gloves and forget that some aren’t as fortunate.
This holiday season, Wheeling Hospital is doing their part to give back and make sure the Ohio Valley stays warm.
The Mitten Tree has been standing in the Wheeling Hospital Hand Center for many years.
Suzanne Holsen, Director of the Center, says each year the community looks forward to filling the tree with gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and any other warm weather accessories.
By the last week of the drive, Suzanne says the tree is always overflowing and last year over 500 pairs of gloves were donated.
“It’s wonderful to see, and it seems like every year we get more and more interest in it. And people even remember from year to year they’ll bring their mittens and gloves in the beginning of November, where is your tree? We have one employee that makes scarves for us every year, and she’ll start at the beginning of the year and knit all year so that she can bring them in the following year,” said Holsen.
All of the mittens are donated to Catholic Charities the week before Christmas.
The tree is up right now any and all donations are welcome in Tower 4 on the 2nd floor in the Hand Therapy Department.