FHR celebrates National Mitten Tree Day in Fall River

Published 12/08/2011

Mitten Tree

Rehabilitation and Recovery Group members at Fellowship Health Resources dedicate weekly art project toward those in need

Fall River, MA – December 8, 2011 – Based on a story, The Mitten Tree, written by Candace Christiansen, Studio 35 in Fall River held an art therapy group to discuss this story and make paper mittens.

“The Mitten Tree is about Sarah, a lady who misses her grown children and so, she watches the children who wait for the school bus near the big evergreen tree. Even though Sarah smiles at the children, it appears they do not see her. And then she notices some of the children are unable to play in the snow because they do not have any mittens. Sarah ends up knitting a basket full of mittens and hangs them all over the evergreen tree for all the children. The story goes that when Sarah runs out of yarn, a basket full of yarn appears on her front porch and she does not know where it came from. In return, Sarah knits mittens for all the boys and girls in town and they do not know that the mittens are from her.”

The R&R Group made several pairs of paper mittens to hang on a tree that they made during the Studio 35 art class with twigs from outdoors. Their goal is to replace all the paper mittens with real mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves throughout the month of December. These items will be donated to the Lighthouse Outreach in Fall River in early January. The Lighthouse Outreach runs several programs to help the community. Some of those programs include helping the homeless, providing substance abuse treatment, warm meals, and Bible Studies, to name a few. FHR’s R&R Group would like to donate to this group and give back to the community.

During the month of December, the group will be collecting new warm articles of clothing to be donated. Items needed are: mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves. Donations can be dropped off at 480 Stanley Street from 9-4 p.m. or by calling Dina Santos or Therese Bernier at 508-674-8489 to arrange for pickup.

The R&R Group thanks everyone in advance for any contributions – Happy Holidays!