This is the second year for the “Scarf in the Park Project” in Paducah. It’s hosted by the Guess Foundation and Make Paducah, and will take place at 1pm on Christmas Eve. You’re invited to join the festivities in Dolly McNutt Plaza, across from Paducah City Hall, where volunteers will be decorating the trees with free scarves, hats and gloves. These items are for Paducah’s homeless and families in need.
“We know there are people in our community who have nowhere to go on Christmas Eve,” said Morgan Guess, the co-founder of the Guess Foundation. “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 at Christmas, and we believe no one should be cold. We want this project to give those with the most need in our community a sense of hope and a way to stay warm.”
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 Kijsa Housman, owner of MAKE Paducah. “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.”
In addition to the collection of scarves, hats and gloves that will placed on trees around the Plaza that afternoon, there will be a simple ceremony. After some brief remarks and a prayer you can enjoy an unaccompanied solo performance of “O Holy Night.” Participants can then enjoy hot cocoa and hang scarves on the trees throughout the plaza.
Scarves, hats, and gloves are being collected at MAKE Paducah at 628 Broadway and the McCracken County Library. MAKE hosted volunteers last Saturday, who wrote handwritten notes which will be added to the scarves. They also created felt scarves, and decorated collection boxes. All materials were 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. Visit facebook for more information as well.