HILLSBOROUGH: Dancers collect mittens. gloves

Kathleen Academy of Dance conducts drive

   Kathleen Academy of Dance is accepting donations until Thursday, Dec. 5,of new pairs of mittens or gloves (child and adult sizes) to decorate its tree at the studio at 411 Route 206, Hillsborough.
   The items collected will be donated to the Somerset County United Way “Wrapped in Love” program for the less fortunate.
   The program began in 2004, and within a few weeks, collected 250 pairs of mittens or gloves. In 2005, the number grew to more than 300 pairs and continues to grow each year.
   Studio director Kathleen Cirioli is spearheading asking dance studios throughout the country to do the same project, hoping that “The Mitten Tree” idea will spread throughout the U.S. and Canada.
   All of the young dancers at the Kathleen Academy are learning about the joy one gets by helping others in need. Even the youngest dancers are involved and are being taught the meaning of “giving” to others.
   If you would like to share in the spirit of this season, bring a pair of new mittens or gloves to Kathleen Academy of Dance on Monday through Thursday evenings between 6 and 8 p.m. or Saturdays between 10 a.m. and noon. The deadline for donations is December 5. This will allow United Way the time to distribute the items.
   If you have any questions, contact 908-359-8888 or kadstudio@gmail.com.