MIAMI COUNTY — Inspired by the “leave a mitten, take a mitten” movement, the Troy-Miami County Public Library has decorated a “Giving Tree” with hats, gloves, scarves and other warm winter accessories for its patrons in need.
Executive Director Rachelle Miller said it was an impromptu project as the library staff decorated its Christmas tree for the holiday season.
“I remembered when people were putting scarves around downtown and I knew there was still a need for that so why don’t we do it?” Miller said. “It’s something simple to do to give back. We have a lot of people who walk here or ride their bikes here and so if they need a hat or gloves they can just take a pair with them.”
The items are free to anyone who needs them. Miller said several items have already been taken within hours of the “Giving Tree” being established this week.
“If people have something they’d like to give, they can drop it off. We have a reserve of items right now, but as the weather gets colder, the need will be there,” Miller said. “People are welcome to take what they need and we’ll replenish the tree for as long as we can.”
Miller said the Giving Tree is for anyone in the community, young and old, who needs help staying warm this winter. Donations of mittens, scarves and hats are being accepted at the checkout counter. The “Giving Tree” will continue to distribute winter gear as long as items are available throughout the winter season.
If a business or organization decides to collect items internally, contact library staff to have the items picked up by calling 339-0502.