Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Support of the Fish Mitten Tree

Dear friends,

Thanks to the generous spirit of the people of our community, the Fish Mitten Tree has once again provided mittens and gloves to warm the hands and hearts of children enrolled in Darke County Head Start programs. This hearty demonstration of the true spirit of Christmas which lingers long beyond December 25th is very much appreciated.

Special gratitude is extended to Aaron and Michele Cox and their staff at Montage Cafe in Greenville and the dependable crew at Fourman’s Variety Store in Arcanum who watched over the trees in their places of business, as well as to Holly Hill, Janet Ashworth, and others at the Brethren's Retirement Community who looked after the Mitten Tree at that facility. Also, thanks to the Darke County Commissioners who so generously kicked off the project, meeting and visiting with youngsters from Head Start while hanging the first mittens on the tree at Montage.

Many local churches, businesses, clubs, and organizations donated mittens, gloves, and more to the Mitten Tree; sincere thanks goes to these groups and the individuals who coordinated their involvement. Additionally, due to a significant monetary contribution from a Darke County native who now lives out-of-state, each Head Start student received a warmly received book of their own for Christmas.

This successful project could not have been possible without the publicity provided by our local news outlets The Daily Advocate, The Early Bird,, and County News Online; their assistance is greatly appreciated.


Marilyn Delk, Fish volunteer

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