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Scarves, gloves, & hats wrapped around Washington Square Park for homeless

Posted at 2:16 PM, Dec 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 17:59:38-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nearly 2,100 scarves, hats, and gloves covered Washington Square Park on Thursday.

The items are part of MarksNelson’s “Wrapped in Warmth” campaign for the homeless.

"For the people to come out and give these scarves out, and help out people that need help, you know that's a great feeling to me," Michael Anderson, who picked out a scarf, said. "You know people that are struggling, you know they have their different issues in life. Anything helps to help them get back on their feet."

Adrian Berryhill also picked out out a scarf.

"It's winter time, it's cold, and it's relaxing because you don't have to spend the money to get it if you don't have the money," Berryhill said. 

This is the second year MarksNelson has done this campaign. Last year, a little more than 400 items were donated. This year, 2,070 items were either donated or handmade by people.

Each item has a message to go along with it.

"It says, 'The spirit of the season has found you. We hope this item keeps you wrapped in warmth all winter long,'" MarksNelson Managing Partner Mark Radetic read from one of the tags. "I think that's a message not only for the less fortunate, but for our entire world."

The firm is hoping to make the event even bigger next year.


Rae Daniel is a reporter. See her full report at 4 p.m. and check back for updates.