The Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive is winding down.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network and the Logan County Library in Booneville have partnered to sponsor a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive as a tribute to Fred Rogers and his example of being a caring neighbor.
The drive, the second one in which the local library has participated, began on Nov. 1 will be held through Nov. 30.
Members of the community are asked to donate new or gently worn sweaters at Logan County Library, 419 North Kennedy Avenue. A receptacle to collect the sweaters is located just inside the front door of the library.
Sweaters collected in this drive will be distributed by the Arkansas Salvation Army and the Logan County Human Services Unit.
“Fred Rogers is an icon for both public media and public service,” AETN Executive Director Courtney Pledger said. “He dedicated his life’s work to ensuring that children and their families had the educational and emotional tools needed to grow and prosper.
This is the fourth year for the statewide Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive. In 2016, 32 libraries participated and collected more than 5,000 sweaters.
To help set the tone for a “comfortable” visit with his young viewers, Rogers put on a sweater and changed into sneakers as a way to help children settle in for “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” All of Rogers’ original sweaters were knitted by his mother, Nancy McFeely Rogers. Each year, she knitted a dozen sweaters and gave them to family and close friends at Christmas.
Over the course of more than 40 years, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” PBS’ longest-running children’s series, earned four Daytime Emmys. As a testament to his legacy, Rogers received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 and was recognized in 2002 with a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for his contributions to children’s development and education using broadcast television.