For those who have been following the Scarves in the Park Facebook page, you know that there has been a flurry of activity over the past few weeks.  We originally published our interview with Lisa Dodge on the 13th of November. About 200 people had signed up to help out through their Facebook page at that time. Since then the number has grown to over 400 (420 as of the date of this article). We are thrilled to see this level of commitment and community involvement.

If you are one of the few who have not heard about Scarves in the Park, here is everything you need to know:

When:  Saturday, December 12th @ 2:00pm

(1:00pm for those who wish to help setup)

Where:  War Memorial Park – Main Pavilion

According to their Facebook page, Martin’s will provide Starbucks coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate for the event. Martin’s associates will be helping manage the refreshments table. Santa is also supposed to make an appearance for anyone bringing younger children.

What can you do to help?

The following items have been requested:

  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Thermal socks
  • Hand & feet warmers
  • Blankets
  • Winter hats
  • Deodorant
  • Coats
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Granola bars
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Shampoo
  • Brushes
  • Hard candy
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Floss
  • 5lb bags of dog food (for those with pets)
  • Zip Lock/Plastic storage bags

*Children’s coats, scarves and gloves are also needed
*Thermal socks are regularly requested item

The group will start packing the hats, gloves and scarves in plastic storage bags at 2:00pm. You are welcome to pre-package these items and bring them with you on Saturday. The bags will be tied to trees in the park so those in need can get them at any time. The other items will be handed out in person during the event. All the leftover donations will be packaged and left with the scarves. The bags will remain in the park until the 18th of December.  Any leftover donations will be collected and divided among various local charities. Some of the charities that will receive them are HOPE (Helping Other People Emerge), Chase the Chill, Without a Roof Ministries and Immanuel House.

We look forward to seeing you there!

(Photo Credits: Nicholas Trietsch)

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