The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s 18th annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive kicks off Thursday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. in the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s Theater. This is a two-fold opportunity for local Presbyterian churches to collect sweaters, a campaign that runs through Dec. 15.
The drive encourages congregations to first care for their neighborhoods, giving sweaters to neighbors in need in their own community first. Additional sweaters that are leftover can then be brought to the Children’s Museum for distribution for those in need. This opportunity is about being a good neighbor and also a way of doing local mission that can give visibility to a church in the neighborhood where it is located.
Since 2000, the Children’s Museum has collected more than 35,500 sweaters to share with families in need throughout the southwestern Pennsylvania “neighborhood.” The public can drop off new or gently-used sweaters of all sizes in the Museum’s lobby from Nov. 9 through Dec. 15. More information is available on the Museum’s Sweater Donation Hotline at (412) 322-5058, ext. 363.
Between Dec. 18 and Dec. 22, all sweaters collected will be distributed by the Presbyterian Churches of the Tri-State Area, Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA and other Children’s Museum partners to nonprofit agencies that work with families and children in the region.
For more information, contact Gregg Hartung, director of Presbyterian Media Mission, at (412) 697-9211 or (724) 777-2489.