In anticipation of the 52nd Big Game, Thrivent is partnering with statewide nonprofit Hats & Mittens to collect or raise funds for 52,000 hats and mittens to help kids stay warm this winter.

As a part of this effort, Thrivent is hosting a live event Jan. 27, and it’s open to the public. Called Super Hats & Mittens, the event is being held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. that day at its headquarters in Minneapolis.

Thrivent is welcoming the public to its corporate center to make hats and mittens, drop off donations, receive a book on generosity and enjoy complimentary refreshments and entertainment.

Minneapolis-based author Nancy Carlson will be reading her new children’s book, commissioned by Thrivent, which focuses on the many acts of generosity required to create hats and mittens.

Readings will start at 9:30 a.m. and run every half hour. Visitors will be greeted with a massive visual display featuring live sheep to give additional color to Carlson’s story. Thrivent’s mission is to be wise with money and live generously, a value championed through initiatives like Super Hats and Mittens.

Corporate employees, financial representatives and members across the United States have collected funds and organized their own donation drives to help reach the 52,000 goal. For additional information and to register, visit www.livegenerously.com.

Winter’s chill was in the air when Rebecca Jorgenson Sundquist saw a mother and her three young children shivering in the cold. They were dressed in light summer clothes – no match for Minnesota’s biting November winds.

“In that instant, I decided I was going to give the woman my sweater,” explained Sundquist. “When I did, she had this wonderful smile. She did more for me that day than I ever did for her.”

Following that experience, Sundquist founded Minneapolis-based Hats & Mittens.

The nonprofit collects warm weather gear and raises money to provide free hats and mittens to children in need during the cold winter months.

“In that instant, I decided I was going to give the woman my sweater,” explained Sundquist. “When I did, she had this wonderful smile. She did more for me that day than I ever did for her.”

This winter, Thrivent Financial is partnering with Hats & Mittens to collect and raise funds for 52,000 pairs of hats and mittens in conjunction with Thrivent’s role as a Minnesota Super Bowl host committee partner.

“Minnesota winters are cold – but Thrivent members are warm and generous,” said Karen Himle, vice president of corporate affairs at Thrivent Financial. “In celebration of the 52nd Big Game, Thrivent members will have the chance to make thousands of children just a bit warmer, too.”

For those who are not able to attend the event Jan. 27, donations of items and funds may be dropped off at the Redwood Falls Thrivent office.

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