Pete G. Nelson, PDD - Manchester Lodge No. 1893

Pete Nelson PDD from Manchester Lodge 1893 is shown here presenting hats, mittens, and gloves to Safe Kids Director Luis Rivera (also a member Manchester 1893) and Dr. Kevin Borrup, Dr.PH, JD, MPA, Associate Director Injury Prevention Center Connecticut Children's Medical Center  donations received for the Mitten Tree project. 
The Mitten Tree project was started by Brenda Williams SEOY also from Manchester Lodge 1893, as an extension of the CEAs Safe Kids program.
At the end of last year Brenda sat down with Luis and inquired about the needs of children who have passed through the doors of CCMC for hats, mittens, and gloves. After some discussion it was resolved that the needs of these items for the children would defintly be a welcomed gift. That was all Brenda needed to hear. The next day the knitting of mittens, and hats began. Along with her mother Janice Williams from Florida over 100 pairs of mittens, and hats were made. She spread the word of this project using our website, along with getting the news out to the membership.
Her biggest supporters were Mike and Sharon Stewart from Putnam lodge, as well as members from Manchester lodge, and Emblem Club 251. All in all there were over 500 hats, gloves, and mittens turned over to CCMC and the Safe Kids committee by the members of CEA.
There is no project to big or to small that can't be accomplished with the rolling up of your sleeves and the never ending commitment of not only Brenda, but by anybody who lives and believes in our motto. ELKS CARE/ ELKS SHARE
Update on 2/13/19 - On Thursday, February 7th, Pete Nelson PDD on behalf of Brenda Williams SEOY delivered to CCMC Safe Kids Director Luis Rivera four hugh bags of hats, scarfs, mittens, and gloves all donated to Brenda's "Mitten Tree". 
Many thanks go out to Sharon and Mike Stewart for their continuous efforts in obtaining most of the items collected for this endeavor. There were well over 400 additional items turned over to CCMC.
To date Brenda's project has been fortunate enough to supply the hospital with almost 1000 assorted winter wear items to be distributed to needy children to help keep them warm during the cold winter months.
This is just another way for a few of our members to help show our communities that ELKS CARE & ELKS SHARE. That those in need are not forgotten, that Elks do care, and do provide without need of fanfare. That we as an organization want to help make our tomorrow's better for everyone.
Imagine almost 1000 articles of winter ware, collected by a handful of members. Think how much more could have been donated to CCMC if more had heeded the call for this cause. Our thanks to Brenda and those who helped her this past year.