Beloved children’s TV personality Mr. Rodgers was known for the signature cardigans he wore on his PBS show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. In honor of the late Fred Rogers, who always encouraged kindness, the Children�s Museum of Pittsburgh has launched its 20th annual Mister Rogers� Neighborhood Sweater Drive. The drive collects sweaters and other cold-weather clothing for needy people througout the Pittsburgh region.
David Newell (above), the actor who played deliveryman Mr. McFeely on the show was there for the kick off of the drive, which has collected and distributed more than 41,000 sweaters since it launched in 2000.
You can drop off new and gently used sweaters at the Children’s Museum lobby through Monday, December 16. After that, organizations — including the Presbyterian Church, the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, and the Veterans Leadership Program — will distribute the sweaters to people who need them. Questions? There’s a Sweater Drive Hotline at 412-322-5058 ext. 363 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you don’t live in Pittsburgh, why not consider organizing a sweater drive in your community in honor and memory of Fred Rodgers?
Or get your family involved in sorting out all of the sweaters and cold-weather gear you no longer use and donating it to a homeless shelter or other organization in your city? What an easy way to #StartSomethingGood!