Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Branigan Library Mitten Tree collects more than 1,500 donated items

LAS CRUCES – The Thomas Branigan Memorial Library has coordinated an annual mitten tree for more than 10 years.

Every year the community comes together and donates mittens, gloves, blankets, scarves, socks, baby items and many other needed personal items.

At close of business on Friday, December 17, the Branigan Library staff packed the tree and counted 1,515 items including mittens, blankets, scarves, masks, socks and baby clothes. All items are shipped to La Casa, Inc., the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, and the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission.

“The library staff were surprised by the number of items when they packed everything together,” said Margaret Neill, library manager. This year we had more than double! “

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This annual library tradition, which could not take place in 2020 due to the pandemic, is a welcome and thoughtful recognition of giving, the library staff said in a press release.

“It’s a wonderful tradition,” said Neill, “and I’m glad we were able to bring it back this year and, with the generosity of the community, have been able to help so many people in need.”

For more information, contact the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., at 575-528-4000. The TTY number is 575-528-4008.

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