Above: Mr. McFeely introduces Daniel the Tiger puppet to several students at from MLK. (Photo by Kelsey Shea)

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh kicked off their annual sweater drive this morning with a visit from Martin Luther King students and Pittsburgh’s favorite speedy delivery man, Mr. McFeely.

The annual Mister Rogers Neighborhood Sweater Drive collects gently used sweaters to help families in need  in collaboration with the Children’s museum for the past 13 years.

This morning, when museum marketing director Bill Schlageter asked how many sweaters the children in the audience thought the drive collected in 13 years, the overall consensus amongst the kindergarteners was 12.

However, Schlageter said the program has collected over 28,000 sweaters over the past 13 years and distributed them to with families in need throughout the southwestern Pennsylvania “neighborhood”, through the help of local United Way nonprofit agencies and Tri State Area neighborhood Presbyterian Church USA missions.

To celebrate the beginning of the drive, Mr. McFeely, the beloved mailman from "Mister Rodgers Neighborhood," stopped by with some of his puppet friends.

This year a portion of the sweaters will be distributed to families and children in the New York City and New Jersey areas recovering from Hurricane Sandy. The Sweater Drive is presented in collaboration with the United Way of Allegheny County and the Presbyterian Churches of the Tri State Area.

 
Where:
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
10 Children’s Way
Allegheny Square, Northside
 

For further information:
Bill Schlageter, Director of Marketing bschlageter@pittsburghkids.org