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Baxter County Library to join Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive

Arkansas PBS, Baxter County Library, and 43 libraries across the state have partnered to sponsor the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive as a tribute to Fred Rogers and his example of being a caring neighbor. The drive will be held Nov. 5-30.

Fred Rogers’ cardigan sweater has come to represent the gentle spirit, warmth and nurturing of the neighborhood. Arkansas PBS is proud to further his legacy by working with outstanding library and charity partners across the state through the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive.

During the Neighborhood Sweater Drive, members of the community are asked to donate new or gently worn sweaters, as well as other cold-weather clothing, at participating libraries or Arkansas PBS headquarters in Conway. Sweaters collected in this drive will be distributed by various local charities.

“All of us, at some time or other, need help,” Fred Rogers said. “And, whether we’re giving or receiving a sweater, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world.

For more than 40 years, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” PBS’s 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.

Additional information is available at myarpbs.org/sweaterdrive.

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