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AHCH Finds Support from Local Businesses to Benefit Other Non-Profits with Mitten Tree

Auburn, Maine  12.3.13 - Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice (AHCH) is giving the gift of warmth this holiday season, with the creation of a mitten tree. Maureen Andrew, a Hospice House nurse, presented the idea of constructing a Christmas tree, made entirely out of mittens. The idea came from a photo she found online. Andrew thought the tree would be a fun project for the staff to rally around, would provide an interesting and unique decoration for patients and their family members to enjoy and afterwards they could donate the mittens to local non-profits for children and families in need. Karen Flynn, Director of Hospice at AHCH said, "I am always so impressed with the creativity, initiative and compassion demonstrated by our staff. They are always looking for a way to help, not only our own patients and their family members, but the entire community."

On Monday December 2nd the first official donations were made by three local businesses supporting AHCH, Austin Associates, Ellie Anna Purse Co. and Mama's Mittens. Hillary Dow of Austin Associates, a sponsor of AHCH's Hospice House 5K, said "we are so pleased to be able to participate in the Mitten Tree project. It is a creative way for our staff to give back to our community while impacting not only Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice with the work they do at the Hospice House, but Advocates for Children and Safe Voices as well. It's great to see non-profits supporting each other in this way." Sarah Legare, owner of Ellie Anna Purse Co. and Cari Beach-Austin, owner of Mama's Mittens, found a unique way to support the project as well. Legare is offering 5% off your entire order if you drop off a pair of mittens to donate, and Beach-Austin will take $2 off any pair of Mama's Mittens purchased to donate to the Mitten Tree.

Mittens can be donated directly to the Hospice House, 236 Stetson Road in Auburn, through the holidays as well as at Ellie Anna Purse Co. for a 5% discount on your entire order. After the holidays, mittens will be donated to Advocates for Children and Safe Voices. For questions, please call 207.333.6300.