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Lend a hand and help a family stay warm this holiday season


Bring donations of hats, mittens, socks and food to library

Are you looking for a way to teach your children about sharing and compassion this holiday season? Help them keep local kids warm this winter! West Linn Public Library is collecting donations of new hats, socks and mittens to help keep children in Clackamas County warm throughout the winter. by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Learn how simple acts of kindness can speak louder than words in 'The Mitten Tree' by Candace Christiansen.

When you come to family game night Dec. 11, or anytime the library is open, bring your warm wooly donations to put on or under the holiday trees downstairs in the library. Your donations will be included in the holiday baskets that are distributed to West Linn families on Dec. 19 and 20.

You may also bring canned food donations to the library. The collection barrel for donated food is upstairs. Donors are asked to contribute nonperishable nutritional foods such as peanut butter, canned meats, chili, tuna, pasta, rice or baby formula. No glass containers or expired food, please.

All hats, socks, mittens and food will go to the West Linn Food Pantry, a community-operated service that has been helping out families since January 2007. In 2011, the pantry served 1,112 families consisting of 2,259 adults and 1,277 children.

All donations will be collected at the library until 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, however food donations will be accepted through the end of the month.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Create your  own mitten tree as inspired by the book.

Thank you for helping to warm the season for your neighbors in need!

Here are some great books to share with your children about hats and mittens and caring and sharing:

“Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot” by Margot Theis Raven

The true story of a young German girl, Mercedes Simon, and of the American pilot, Gail Halvorsen, who shared hope and joy with the children of West Berlin by dropping candy-filled parachutes during the airlift.

“The Quiltmaker’s Gift” by Jeff Brumbeau

When a generous quiltmaker finally agrees to make a quilt for a greedy king but only under certain conditions, she causes him to undergo a change of heart. 

“A Hat for Minerva Louise” by Janet Morgan Stoeke

Minerva Louise, a snow-loving chicken, mistakes a pair of mittens for two hats to keep both ends warm.

“The Mitten Tree” by Candace Christiansen

Learn how simple acts of kindness can speak louder than words. This is an intergenerational tale of good that will warm your heart.

“One Mitten” by Kristine O’Connell George

One mitten can do many things, but when the second mitten is found, it is time to go outside and have fun.