URBANA — The Provena Covenant Medical Center Foundation has brought out its annual mitten tree for the holiday season, and is asking visitors to help with this fund-raising project.
Anyone making a $5 donation can write a holiday message on a paper mitten that will be displayed on the tree in the Covenant Medical Center lobby.
All the money raised goes to the Sister Mary Gabriel Curby fund to help with human service needs for the poor, said Angela Reinhart, a development associate with the foundation.
The fund helps cover such costs as hotel rooms, taxi rides and meals for family members who want to be with loved ones in the hospital but can't afford those expenses, she said.
Sister Mary Gabriel Curby was administrator of the former Mercy Hospital from 1952 to 1972, Reinhart said.
The mitten tree has been a tradition at Covenant since 1996, according to the foundation.
As part of the project, more than three dozen hospital volunteers have knitted nearly 1,600 hats, scarves, mittens and baby items to distribute to about 18 local charities, shelters, nursing homes, and care centers, Reinhart said.
Donations to the mitten tree, which are tax-deductible, can be made at the hospital gift shop through Dec. 31.
The gift shop is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Donations can also be made online at http://www.provena.org/covenant/foundation .