Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive

24 Oct 2023 in

Won’t you help a neighbor? Join us in the annual Mister Rogers Sweater Drive to support Arkansans in need! From Nov. 5 to Nov. 20, you’ll have the chance to donate new or gently used sweaters at libraries that are partnering with Arkansas PBS.

 “Real strength has to do with helping others.”

Fred Rogers was famous for his closetful of sweaters, which were featured in every episode of his show. These memorable sweaters grew out of a tradition of hand-knit gifts that Rogers’ mother Nancy made every year. Nancy would knit 12 sweaters every year as gifts for friends and family. While not everyone has such fine-tuned knitting skills, everyone can participate in acts of kindness towards others.

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero.”

“Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” emphasized the social and emotional needs of children and encouraged young people to be neighborly to those around them and, through it, Fred Rogers taught people about kindness and about being part of a community that cares. You, too, can be part of a caring community this fall by taking part in the sweater drive and helping to provide for neighbors in need.

“It’s not so much what we have in this life that matters. It’s what we do with what we have.”

Although the show may have ended, its message still rings true. Kindness remains a timeless necessity; it's always good to help a neighbor. Help keep your neighbors and others across the state stay warm this fall and winter by sharing what you’re not wearing.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

· Alma Public Library
· Arkansas Flag and Banner
· Atkins – Pope County Library System
· Batesville – Independence County Library
· Benton – Saline County Library
· Booneville – Logan County Library
· Bryant – Saline County Library
· Cabot Public Library
· Calico Rock Elementary
· Carlisle Public Library
· Clinton – Van Buren County Library
· Conway – Faulkner County Library
· Conway – UCA Torreyson Library
· DeQueen – Sevier County Library System
· Dover – Pope County Library System
· Dumas Branch Library
· El Dorado – Barton Library
· Fayetteville Public Library
· First Friends Preschool
· Forrest City Public Library
· Gillham – Sevier County Library System
· Greenbrier – Faulkner County Library
· Greenwood – Scott-Sebastian Regional Library
· Harrison – Boone County Library
· Hector – Pope County Library System
· Honda World of Conway
· Horatio – Sevier County Library System
· Horseshoe Bend Library
· Huntsville – Madison County Library
· Huttig Library
· Izard County Consolidated Elementary (4H associated)
· Jasper – Newton County Library
· Jonesboro – Craighead County Public Library
· Junction City – Harper Memorial Library
· Little Rock – (CALS) Adolphine F. Terry Branch Library
· Little Rock – (CALS) Dee Brown Branch Library
· Little Rock – (CALS) Esther Dixon Branch Library
· Little Rock – (CALS) Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center
· Little Rock – (CALS) John Gould Fletcher Branch Library
· Little Rock – (CALS) Main Branch Library
· Little Rock – (CALS) Oley E. Rooker Branch Library
· Little Rock – (CALS) Roosevelt Thompson Branch Library
· Little Rock – (CALS) Sue Cowan Williams Branch Library
· Little Rock – (CALS) Sydney Sanders McMath Branch Library
· Little Rock – The Arkansas State Library
· Lockesburg – Sevier County Library System
· Lonoke Public Library
· Malvern – Hot Springs County Public Library
· Maumelle – (CALS) Maumelle Branch Library
· Mayflower Public Library
· Melbourne Elementary
· Monticello – South Arkansas Regional Library
· Mount Vernon – Faulkner County Library
· Mountainburg Public Library
· Mountain Home – Baxter County Library
· Mulberry – The Ralph D. Graf Library of Mulberry
· Nashville – Howard County Library
· North Little Rock – William F. Laman Public Library
· Norphlet Library
· North Little Rock – Argenta Library
· Ozark – Franklin County Library
· Paris – Gattis-Logan County Library
· Pea Ridge Library
· Perryville – (CALS) Max Milam Library
· Piggott Public Library
· Pocahontas – Randolph County Library
· Prairie Grove Public Library
· Rector Public Library
· Russellville – Pope County Library System
· Sheridan – Grant County Library
· Sherwood – (CALS) Amy Sanders Branch Library
· Smackover Library
· Springdale Public Library
· St. Paul Public Library
· Strong Library
· Stuttgart Public Library
· Twin Groves – Faulkner County Library
· Van Buren Public Library
· Vilonia – Faulkner County Library
· Warren Public Library
· Wrightsville – (CALS) Millie Brooks Library

Fred Rogers began the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive in 1997 as a way to encourage the neighborly spirit, and we're proud to continue his legacy of being a caring neighbor. Every sweater collected in the 2023 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive will be donated directly to individuals in need through local Arkansas charities.

2023 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive
Nov. 1-30
Donate your new or gently used sweaters at Arkansas PBS Headquarters or one of the many participating organizations across the state.