As Saline residents gear up for the holiday shopping season, two local girls hope you'll throw an extra pair of mittens -- or two, or three -- in your basket to give to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Anna Levos, 9, a student at Heritage Elementary, and Karoline Levos, 7, a student at Pleasant Ridge Elementary, are collecting mittens to send to areas on the East Coast that were affected by the storm that hit in late October.
They're dubbing the project "Mittens from the Mitten."
"A lot of people lost their homes and it's getting colder by the minute," Anna said. "We thought this would be a good way to help people stay warm."
The sisters are asking that people send mittens to, or drop them off at, their P.O. Box at the Saline post office, 108 North Maple Rd.
Mittens from the Mitten
P.O. Box 521
Saline, MI 48176
There are also collection boxes set up at several area businesses, including Powerhouse Gym and various buildings at Eastern Michigan University.
This isn't the first drive the girls have carried out. Two years ago, they donated 500 boxes of bandages to the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit through a project they called "Operation BandAid," and three years ago they collected warm weather clothing for the hospital's clothes closet.
So far they have collected approximately 50 pairs of mittens and their goal is 400.
"We're big on news and current events in our house and the girls are very aware of things that are going on outside of Saline," said the Anna and Karoline's mother, Donna Campbell. "They're both by nature very creative and very giving kids, and this is a good outlet for them to express that."
Anna and Karoline will be collecting mittens until Dec. 13.