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Clean out your closet for the 20th Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive

click to enlarge Mr. McFeely (left) at the 2013 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh's Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive - PHOTO: CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PITTSBURGH
Photo: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Mr. McFeely (left) at the 2013 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh's Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive
Children’s television pioneer Fred Rogers was known for the signature cardigans he wore on his show, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. In honor of his sartorial choice, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh will host its annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive, an event to collect cold-weather clothing for people throughout the region.

On Thu., Nov. 7, the museum welcomes anyone to donate new or gently used sweaters during a kick-off event that includes appearances by David Newell as his Mister Rogers' Neighborhood character Mr. McFeely, and students from the Pittsburgh Public Schools’- Children’s Museum Pre-K / Head Start program. Sweaters of all types and sizes will be accepted in the museum lobby through Mon., Dec. 16.

Bill Schlageter, marketing director of Children’s Museum, claims that the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive has collected and distributed over 41,000 total sweaters since it launched in 2000.


“What makes the [Sweater Drive] so different is the museum’s two decades of dedication, consistency, and stick-to-it-ive-ness to collect and distribute - on a regular basis - even more sweaters to more families in our neighborhoods, with the simple goal of sharing the warmth with those in need,” says Schlageter.

Now in its 20th year, the drive adds to the museum's mission to celebrate the legacy of Fred Rogers. Currently, guests can experience Fred Rogers Memories, a series of exhibits, events, and activities about Rogers' influence on the museum and beyond.

From Dec. 18-23, all donated sweaters will be distributed by local partner organizations, including the Presbyterian Churches of the Tri-State Area, the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, and the Veterans Leadership Program.

Questions about the drive are free to contact the Museum’s Sweater Donation Hotline at 412-322-5058 ext. 363 or email hi@pittsburghkids.org.


Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive kick-off at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Continues through Mon., Dec. 16. 10 Children’s Way, North Side. pittsburghkids.org

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