Wrapped in Love 2021-2022

This October, we will be continuing our annual tradition of adorning trees throughout downtown Bloomington with tree sweaters crafted by local fabric artists!

Just as Middle Way House wraps survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in warmth and support, fabric artists lovingly created tree sweaters for dozens of downtown Bloomington trees. The tree sweaters will be prominently hung throughout numerous locations in the heart of Bloomington and feature our 24/7 help & crisis line phone number, (812) 336-0846,  in hopes of raising awareness about domestic violence. The public art display will span nearly six months, coinciding with the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness month in October and end March 1st, 2022.

Each beautiful tree sweater is sponsored by a business, person, or organization committed to helping us provide meaningful alternatives to living with violence. Each tree sweater will have a sponsorship patch containing sponsor names and our 24/7 help & crisis line phone number to be seen by tens of thousands of residents and many of the nearly 2 million annual visitors to Bloomington. It is imperative that we include our crisis number on the sponsorship patch because last year, our help & crisis line answered over 5,000 calls, and we provided nearly 7,000 nights of emergency shelter to survivors of domestic violence.

We are hoping to elevate the event this year as we celebrate 50 years in the community and have gathered a tremendous group of volunteers to craft and maintain the tree sweaters throughout the year. Our volunteer need for Wrapped in Love has been fulfilled! Thank you!

Our volunteer need for Wrapped in Love has been fulfilled! Thank you! We will be wrapping the lamp posts (yarn bombing) around the Monroe County Courthouse square in yarn to go along with the wrapped trees. You do not have to have any prior knitting or crochet experience, and the yarn will be provided! We will continue wrapping the lamp posts over the next couple weeks until they are done, so you can still help out if you are not available on September 25th!

We are hoping to elevate the event this year as we celebrate 50 years in the community and have gathered a tremendous group of volunteers to craft and maintain the tree sweaters throughout the year.

Can you help create a tree sweater for the 2021-2022 display? All knitters, crocheters, and other fabric artists are invited to join us. Please contact 812.333.7404 or events@middlewayhouse.org.

Will you sponsor a tree sweater this year? Signage on a tree sweater publicizes your support for Middle Way House over five months of the year. And your investment funds support groups, childcare, legal advocacy, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and more services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Click HERE for more information and contact 812.333.7404 or development@middlewayhouse.org.

Help us celebrate 50 years in the community and the beginning of our annual Wrapped in Love Public Art Display outside of the Monroe County Courthouse lawn and show much love to the sponsors, fabric artists, and volunteers that made this event possible!


Thank you to our Supporters!

We would like to thank our Volunteer Event Chair, Erin Hollinden, the fabric artists, and our current sponsors for all their support!

Fabric Artists:
Mia Altholz
Sandi Taylor
Linda Handelsman
Tara Babcock
Erin Hollinden
Christopher DeYoung (Development Chair)
Danielle Bruce
The Knit Wits
Joan Hongen
Mary Lostutter
Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity
Jackie Vest
Vicky Haralovich
Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc.
Alyssa Marie McPherson
Peg Smith
Cathy Lipscomb
Orchard Enthusiasts (Bloomington community orchard knitting group)
North Staff and Families (North high school knitting group)
Ana Lim
Holly Bui
Knitting Nomads
Beth Shalom’s Knitwitz
Kalie Chuke
Tina Haley
Peggy Daniels

Gold Leaf Sponsors ($2,500+):

Anna Strout in honor of Toby Strout, Martha Voyles, Ekah Yoga, and the People’s Market
Bob Arnove
Ivy Tech -Bloomington, Indiana
DeAngelo’s Restaurant

Silver Spruce Sponsors ($1,000+):

Peg & Brian Smith
Plant Brothers Excavating
Cook Medical
ISU the May Agency
Vibrant Life/Clark Brittain
IU Health
Middle Way House Board of Directors

Bronze Birch Sponsors ($500+):
Susie Sullivan
Garry Johnson
Patrick Bratlinger
Lahn Law Offices
Jellison Family
Family Dental Centre
Pictura Gallery at FAR Center for Contemporary Arts
Haralovich Properties
Loren Wood Builders
Shine Insurance
Middle Way House Board & Friends of Middle Way House

Copper Maple Sponsors ($300+):
Danielle Bruce
Christopher DeYoung
Paul Laudeman
Tara and Bob Babcock
Smile Promotions
Applegate Consulting Co.
The Ryder
Ruth’s Daughters
Hometown Insurance Group
MPI Solar
Bloomington Stitchery
BHSN Project Middle Way
Hopscotch Coffee
Hoosier Heights
Muddy Fork
The Goat Conspiracy
Hoosier Energy
Beth Shalom’s Knitwitz

Thank you to Crosstown Cleaners and Kinser Cleaners for generously cleaning all of our tree sweaters! 

Click here to VOTE for your favorite tree sweaters!

Click the program photo below view the 2021-2022 program, list of trees and sponsors, and our INTERACTIVE MAP




2019 Yarn-Cutting Celebration

On October 4, 2019, Middle Way House staff and supporters (including local fabric artists, tree sponsors, and special guests), gathered on the southeast corner of the courthouse lawn to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to celebrate the opening of Wrapped in Love.

Left: Executive Director, Debra Morrow, speaks at the 2018 event, as Middle Way House board member and Wrapped in Love organizer Christopher DeYoung applauds.
Right:  Fabric artists Kathy Glibert, Susie McLaughlin, Suzann Owen, and Katherine Devich hold yarn in preparation for the 2018 yarn-cutting.

Left:  Mayor John Hamilton issues a Mayoral Proclamation in honor of Wrapped in Love.
Right:  Executive Director, Debra Morrow, cuts yarn with sponsor Chris Walls and fabric artists Peggy Brown and Marianna Brough in background.

Video of 2018 Yarn-Cutting Celebration: 

Please enjoy and share this video of the 2018 Wrapped in Love Yarn-Cutting Ceremony, filmed by long-time Middle Way House volunteer Duane Busick.

Click HERE to view our album of 2020-2021 tree sweaters, including 10 new sweaters!

2020-2021 Sweater Awards

Click HERE to view our full gallery of gorgeous 2019-2020 tree sweaters!

Click HERE to learn more about the special, first-generation tree sweater and Mary Ann Gingles’ leadership in bringing Wrapped in Love to life.