‘‘The original request was for hand-knit mittens with a heart knit in, embroidered on or sewn on,’’ she said. ‘‘The reality is we have people sewing polar fleece mittens, mittens made from recycled sweaters, store-bought mittens. Every pair of handmade or store-bought mittens will have a heart sewn on if it isn’t there when we receive them.’’
Piscatelli has heard from other crafters who plan related Kissing Hand projects, including a group of schoolchildren in Mississippi making pillows.
‘‘Everybody wants to help,’’ she said. ‘‘Everybody’s looking for some way to reach out.’’
When a company called Oceanhouse Media learned of Piscatelli’s idea they released a digital version of ‘‘The Kissing Hand’’ early and free of cost in the iTunes app store. Piscatelli has also heard from the loved ones of grown-up volunteers on the ground in Newtown.
‘‘I got a call from a woman who said my father is with the Red Cross,’’ Piscatelli said. ‘‘He’s a psychologist and is there now and I really think he needs a pair of Kissing Hand mittens.’’
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