The Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave., has coordinated an annual mitten tree for more than 10 years. This year’s tree was a great success.
Every year the community comes together to donate mittens, gloves, blankets, scarves, socks, baby items and many other personal items to help the needy of Las Cruces.
At the close of business on December 17, the Branigan Library staff packed the tree and counted 1,515 items, including mittens, blankets, scarves, masks, socks and baby clothes, the city of Las Cruces said in a press release.
All items are shipped to the La Casa, Inc. Domestic Violence Program, the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, and the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission.
“The library staff were surprised at the number of items when they packed everything together,” said library administrator Margaret Neill. “In 2019, the last year we set up the mitten tree, we collected and donated around 613 items. This year we had more than double! “
This annual library tradition, which could not happen in 2020 due to the pandemic, is a welcome and thoughtful appreciation for giving after so many months in which the community has not been able to physically come together, the city said.
“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 we were able to help so many people in need.”
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