(HOWARD, SD) – A Mitten Tree to collect warm outer wear for children in need in the Howard area is on display in the waiting room at Howard Community Health Center. This tree was a long running project by Avera Medical Group Howard staff and has been taken over by Horizon Health Care this year.
Throughout the years, this project has been well supported by the community and thanks to the donations; many children in the area were gifted mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves. Families, individuals, clubs, church groups, businesses, and others are invited to purchase outerwear suitable for boys or girls, aged kindergarten through high school; the items may be brought to the clinic during business hours and hung on the Christmas tree. The goal for staff is to “fill up the tree”. Shortly after Christmas, the items will be taken to the Howard School and they will work with the teachers and staff to provide outerwear to the kids who are going outside without appropriate clothing.
“We are excited to continue this project with Horizon,” said Misty Rudebusch, PA-C. “We invite our community to join us this holiday season to bring warmth to the children of our community.”