The first week in Advent, on December 3, we set up the MITTEN & SOCK TREE in the narthex of our church building in Murrayville. We invited our congregants to help decorate it with mittens, scarves, gloves, toques and socks – things to keep people warm. We asked for people's generosity during the cold winter days and nights.
After Christmas, we counted items that were found on the tree. There were: 69 toques, 25 pairs of gloves, 28 pairs of socks for ladies, and 43 pairs for men, 20 scarves as well as earmuffs, slippers, men’s undies and even some PJs. We took them to the Gateway of Hope, the Salvation Army's shelter & meal centre in Langley City. The staff there were grateful as they were having trouble keeping up with the demand in these freezing days of January.
We also counted items in children's sizes: 21 pairs of gloves, 17 pairs of socks, 9 toques and 5 pairs of slippers, which were taken to Nicomekl Elementary School in Langley City.
Most sincere thanks to all those who decorated our Mitten Tree so generously and showed love towards their neighbours.