With colder weather moving in and the holidays fast approaching, MVSB is continuing a tradition since 1979 of collecting donations from the community of mittens, hats and scarves to distribute to local residents through its annual Mitten Tree program.
Beginning the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through December 19th, donations of handmade or purchased mittens, gloves, hats and scarves by area residents and customers can be dropped off at the nearest MVSB office. The donated gifts will be used to decorate the holiday tree in the lobby of each branch before being distributed to members of the community who need them. Donations are then distributed with the help of various organizations, schools and individuals 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 $4,000 to organizations in the Lakes Region and provided over 2,000 items to area residents to help stay warm during the winter season.
To participate in this year’s Mitten Tree program, bring your handmade or store-bought mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves to any one of the Bank’s branch offices. The money for all the donations this year will be shared equally among a number of local food pantries.