Over 800 items of clothing donated through annual KVOE Mitten Trees Featured

Pictured from left to right: SOS Community Relations Director Kari Wedel, CVEC Director Tara Schnakenberg and KVOE Program Director Scott Hayes. Pictured from left to right: SOS Community Relations Director Kari Wedel, CVEC Director Tara Schnakenberg and KVOE Program Director Scott Hayes. Erren Harter

The gift of warm clothing can make a major difference to hundreds of people each year.

Over the past month, the local community has helped give that gift those in need by donating to the annual KVOE Mitten Trees. For the past several years, the trees, located at local businesses, stand bare until charitable individuals decorate them with an abundance of scarves, mittens, hats, coats and other necessary winter apparel.

Those donations are then collected, just as they were Thursday, and delivered to SOS to be distributed amongst individuals in need. This season the drive collected a total of 852 items, over 150 more donations than last year's total of 692.

SOS Child Visitation and Exchange Center Director Tara Schnakenberg says each year she is blown away by the generosity of the local community.

This year trees were placed at the Emporia Public Library which was provided by Cargill and collected over 200 items alone, Mel's Tire, Bluestem Farm and Ranch Supply, Graves Drug, Flint Hills Mall, provided by NexTech Wireless, and Advanced Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center.  Donation numbers were bolstered this year as Civic Action Training Squad (CATS) students from North Lyon County Elementary School organized a seventh three.

The school collected a total of 192 additional donations. For more information about SOS activities during the holiday season, call 343-8799 or go online to www.soskansas.com.

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