The Guess Foundation and MAKE are working together to make Christmas a little happier and warmer for those in need in Paducah.
The two organizations will host the “Scarf in the Park Project” at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve for members of the community to hang scarves in the trees at Dolly McNutt Plaza (across from City Hall) for Paducah’s homeless and for families in need. In addition to the scarves, hats and gloves are also being collected and will be available that night. The event will be simple with only brief remarks, a prayer, and a single voice singing “O Holy Night.” Participants can then enjoy hot cocoa and hang scarves on the trees throughout the plaza.
“We know there are people in our community who will have nowhere to go on Christmas Eve,” said Guess Foundation Co-Founder Morgan Guess. “We also know they will be cold, and likely sad and lonely. When we thought about hosting this project, we thought Christmas Eve would be the best night to show them that they are seen and cared about. No one should go without a present, and we believe no one should be cold. We want this project to give those with the most need in our community a way to stay warm and to give them hope.”
The Guesses learned that many of Paducah’s homeless spend time at the McCracken County Library, and this is the reason Dolly McNutt Plaza was selected as the site for the project.
“This project began in Indiana and has quickly spread around the country to other communities,” said MAKE owner Kijsa Housman. “Each of us, as friends and neighbors, should continuously look for even small ways we can reach out to those in need at this time of year and all through the year.”
Scarves, hats, and gloves are being collected at MAKE at 628 Broadway, Etcetera Coffee at 320 North 6th Street, and the McCracken County Library.
MAKE will host an opportunity for volunteers to come in from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, to create handwritten notes which will be added to the scarves, to create felt scarves, and to decorate collection boxes. All materials will be provided FREE to participants.
“We believe this event can become a treasured tradition in our community,” said Susan Guess. “Morgan, Kijsa, and I also believe that Christmas is truly about giving, and this is a meaningful and memorable way to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.”
Contact Susan Guess at 270.210.2434 for questions or for information about hosting a collection box.