NEWTON, NJ—One set of gloves, one hat, one scarf, or a pair of socks. These simple things that keep us warm during the cold months are often taken for granted.

Rebecca Milone Schick, 33 lives in Fredon but is a Newton High School graduate who created Mitten Mission as a way to help those who don’t have the “luxury” as she called it, to have these simple items.

“I was in the car with my husband Earl and was just thinking about how cold it was. My hands were cold, my ears were cold, my neck was cold, mainly because I still had my lightweight fall jacket on that I hadn’t switched over to a winter one yet,” Schick said. “I was thinking about how cold it was going to get and how fortunate I was to have the warm layers at home to bundle up with. I then started to think about all the kids and adults who don’t have this simple luxury.”

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Schick asked her girlfriends and their husbands to commit to $20 winter gear and donate it somewhere to help those in need. Then she thought, “why stop at my friends. I decided to make the Mitten Mission a group on Facebook.” 

The United Methodist Church of Newton is one of the drop spots for the donations, as the November donations will be going to Family Promise, which is a homeless program in Sussex County that Pamela Milone, Schick’s mom helped found in 1997. 

“Every night I get home from work, I have had an Amazon package filled with mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, or socks and followers of the group have been using Venmo/Paypal to send me money to buy things I need for the mission,” Schick said.

Schick is currently collecting items up until February 1, 2020 but is only accepting new items with tags on them.