Winter officially starts on December 21st this year, but the weather is already turning cold and snowy. Organizations that help Kansas City's homeless population are seeing a need for winter essentials including hats, scarves, and gloves - and MarksNelson is leading the call to help.
The firm's annual Wrapped in Warmth campaign is already off to a great start thanks to the generosity of community members. Donations are pouring in from all over the metro. Kent Robinson reached out to us after seeing a story last December on the news. This week he came by our office with four large boxes containing around 120 hand-knitted hats and scarves. Students at Manchester Park Elementary School in Lenexa, KS. are also pitching in. MarksNelson is the recipient of 100 no-sew scarves made by students in the Community Service Club. One of the adult volunteers says students were excited to know the items will go to the homeless.
Wrapped in Warmth which is part of the firm's Marks of Kindness program began in the fall of 2016 after employees participated in a local coat drive. We quickly realized Kansas City did not have a collection focused solely on hats, scarves, and gloves. Within two weeks we gathered 500 items and tied them to light poles and trees around Washington Square Park and the Downtown Library Branch in Kansas City.
In 2017, thanks to the support of several clients and community partners, over 2,1oo items were given to those in need - more than quadrupling the impact from the year before. As a result, Wrapped in Warmth expanded from 2 locations to 10!
Want to join us for Wrapped in Warmth 2018? We're collecting the following items:
- New or gently used Hats, scarves & gloves
- Hand-knitted hats, scarves & gloves
- Winter headbands
- Handwarmers / Sockwarmers
You can drop the items off at our office through December 6th. MarksNelson 1310 East 104th Street, Kansas City, Mo. 64131
Or if you prefer, you can donate to our MarksNelson Marks of Kindness Foundation. All the money raised during the Wrapped in Warmth campaign will go to Kansas City Nonprofits who support the homeless.