WXXI's Mister Rogers Sweater Drive

WXXI's Mister Rogers Sweater Drive

September 6-September 25

In the spirit of the kindness and generosity embodied by Mr. Rogers, WXXI is celebrating 50 Years of Public Television in Rochester by holding a “Mr. Rogers Sweater Drive” to benefit the Rochester City School District’s Pre-K students. 

In partnership with the Monroe County Library System, WXXI, the Little Theatre and participating Monroe County Library branches will have collection boxes for new or gently used sweaters. While the focus will be the Pre-K program, sweaters of all sizes will be accepted and distributed appropriately. The sweater drive runs from Sept 6ththrough the 25th. For questions or more information contact WXXI at 585-258-0200.


  • WXXI, 280 State Street, Rochester, NY 14614
  • Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
  • Monroe County Library System, Participating locations:
    • Webster Public Library, 980 Ridge Road, Webster
    • Pittsford Community Library, 24 State Street, Pittsford
    • Mendon Public Library, 22 N Main Street, Honeoye Falls
    • Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Avenue, Rochester
    • Winton Branch Library, 611 Winton Road North, Rochester
    • Chili Public Library, 3333 Chili Avenue, Rochester
    • Frederick Douglass Community Library, 971 South Avenue, Rochester
    • Monroe Branch Library, 809 Monroe Avenue, Rochester

Fred Rogers’ sweaters were all knitted by his mother. Each year she knitted a dozen sweaters, and at Christmas, she gave them to family and close friends. To help set the tone for a “comfortable” visit with his young viewers, Fred Rogers decided to put on a sweater and change into sneakers as a way to help children settle in for the half-hour program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. One of his sweaters is on display at the Smithsonian Institute.

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was a treasured series on WXXI-TV for many years. The station is proud to bring today’s young viewers a new series that builds on the pioneering Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Daniel Tigers Neighborhood, which airs on WXXI-TV weekdays at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 7 a.m., tells engaging stories about the life of preschooler Daniel, using musical strategies grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark social-emotional curriculum. Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key social skills necessary for school and for life.