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Prosecutor's Office teams up with others for 'Mitten Tree'

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center Coordinator Mary Yelton and Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger place items on the "Mitten Tree," which stands outside of Reberger's office. [Order this photo]
After the response received from last year, organizers couldn't resist placing the "Mitten Tree" up once more.

For the second year in a row, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office is collecting donations of new mittens, scarves, gloves or coats for the tree, which stands outside the office.

Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger said with families in need of help during the holiday season, from time to time, items such as mittens and gloves often go overlooked.

"What we find is kids, especially preschool, kindergarten and elementary kids, teachers have noticed, weren't prepared for winter," Reberger said. "This is an opportunity for the community to provide items."

He said last year, more than 200 sets of winter-style clothing were provided to children in need. In addition, he said some area businesses donated money for items.

The items are dropped off to the Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center.

LEAAP Center Coordinator Mary Yelton said children are delighted to receive the items.

"They're just thrilled," she said. "They just glow.

"There is a tremendous need here," she continued. "We see lots of children without."

Donations may be made during normal business hours at the Prosecutor's Office.

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