Mister Rogers’ Sweater Drive coming to a neighborhood near you

GENESEE COUNTY — Don’t miss your opportunity to pay tribute to the legacy of Fred Rogers and to be a good neighbor!

The Genesee District Library and CMU Public Television invite you to participate in the 5th Annual “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive” by donating new or gently-worn sweaters to help keep a neighbor warm this winter. Donations of children’s sweaters are especially appreciated .

The annual Sweater Drive Kick-Off Event is scheduled for Oct. 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the Grand Blanc McFarlen Library, 515 Perry Rd.

WCMU and the Genesee District Library will host an afternoon of live music from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and hands-on activities designed to entertain and inform kids of all ages. The music, performed by Molly McFadden and the Bistro Trio of Midland, is classic Mister Rogers and easily recognizable to kids today — for the rest of us, the music brings back fond childhood memories of the trolley to the Land of Make Believe and Mr. McFeely making his Speedy Deliveries.

“Mister Rogers has long been a hero to many of us who grew up watching Public Television,” said Linda Dielman, CMU Public Television Program and Community Outreach Manager. “It is an honor to follow his example by coordinating the Sweater Drive in the communities WCMU serves.” Donations will be accepted at all Genesee District Library locations beginning Oct. 17 and concluding on Dec. 10.

Fred Rogers, longtime host and producer of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” once said, “All of us, at some time or another, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving a sweater, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connect us as neighbors– in our own way; everyone is a giver and a receiver.”

The Genesee District Library operates 19 locations throughout Genesee County with the exception of the City of Flint. Over 1 million visits are made annually to the GDL for its large traditional and online services, as well as programming. The system is funded by a .7481 countywide millage (excluding City of Flint).

An additional 0.25 mills was approved on May 3, 2011. The remaining revenue comes from other sources, such as fees and fines, state aid, penal fines, sponsorships, grants, and gifts.

A service of Central Michigan University, CMU Public Broadcasting( WCMU) informs and entertains its audience throughout Central and Northern Michigan with programming and services that reflect and respect the cultures of our state and world. CMU Public Television includes WCML Channel 6 Alpena, WCMU Channel 14 Mt. Pleasant, WCMW Channel 21 Manistee, WCMV Channel 27 Cadillac and WCMZ Channel 28 Flint. — G.G.

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