Real Ranger: Mitten Mission

Updated: February 23, 2021 05:40 PM
Created: February 23, 2021 07:17 AM

Darcie Novak and Desiree Barkos made another delivery on Tuesday as part of the Mitten Mission project. Their destination? The Boys and Girls Club branch in Lincoln Park. And the branch manager said they are grateful.

"You know kids, there's always a missing mitten. Or one is in the washing machine at home. So to have always have some on hand, so the kids can participate in an activity, is huge," shared Ted Hoffman.

Mitten Mission started as a conversation in a church pew. "We were looking for more ways to get involved. And a woman stood up in church and said she was a playground attendant, and that they were in need for donations of hats and mittens because some kids simply don't have them," explained Darcie Novak. She's part of the Keller Williams Big Life Team of realtors. 

That was about four and a half years ago. And the Mitten Mission has grown and grown. They delivered about 40 baskets to schools from the Range down to Carlton. "Sometimes they are surprised, and always thankful," shared Barkos.

Donations from the realtors' clients and others help fill the baskets.

Usually, they deliver the baskets before Christmas. But because of COVID, the drop-offs took place in January.

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