Submitted by Jen Ekblad, WCU

MENOMONIE, WI – This holiday season, WESTconsin Credit Union (WCU) will host The Mitten Tree campaign—a Kindness Counts initiative. Each office will display The Mitten Tree—a tree in its lobby decorated with donated mittens, gloves, hats, scarfs and more.

The purpose of The Mitten Tree is to collect cold weather apparel and accessories for those in need as the winter season’s sub-zero temperatures set in. Last year, the credit union collected 2,250 items and $2,747.46 in support of this cause.

The campaign begins Wednesday, November 1 and runs through Thursday, November 30. Donations can be dropped off at any WESTconsin office during regular office hours. Acceptable items include new mittens, gloves, hats, scarfs, earmuffs, coats, boots and blankets; please no previously used items. Items can be handmade, or store purchased, and suitable for all age groups. Monetary donations will also be accepted at all WESTconsin offices or online at

Local distribution will take place prior to the holidays thanks to the following community partners in our area: Baldwin - WCU Office and St. Croix Valley Family Resource Center, Spring Valley WCU Office, Spring Valley Food Shelf.