To the editor:
Thanks to the generous spirit of the people of our community, the Fish Mitten Tree has once again provided mittens and gloves to warm the hands and hearts of children enrolled in Darke County Head Start programs. This hearty demonstration of the true spirit of Christmas which lingers long beyond December 25th is very much appreciated.
Special gratitude is extended to Aaron and Michele Cox and their staff at Montage Cafe in Greenville and Judy Fourman and her crew at Arcanum’s Ben Franklin Store who watched over the trees in their places of business, as well as to Holly Hill, Janet Ashworth, and others at the Brethren’s Retirement Community who looked after the Mitten Tree at that facility. Also, thanks to the Darke County Commissioners who took time from their busy schedule to kick off the project, meeting and visiting with youngsters from Head Start while hanging the first mittens on the tree at Montage.
Many local churches, clubs, and organizations donated mittens, gloves, and more to the Mitten Tree; sincere thanks goes to these groups and the individuals who coordinated their involvement with special recognition to Abbottsville United Methodist Church and Oakland Church of the Brethren, whose commitment to the project was essential to its ultimate success. Additionally, due to a significant monetary contribution this year, each Head Start student received a book of their own for Christmas.
This successful project could not have been possible without the publicity provided by our local news outlets The Daily Advocate, The Early Bird, DarkeJournal.com, and County News Online; their assistance is greatly appreciated.