YWCA helps keep homeless warm

Kids leave scarves on trees

By Carie Kuehn | ckuehn@whbf.com

Published 12/09 2016 07:07PM

Updated 12/09 2016 07:07PM

One pre-school teacher at the YWCA in Rock Island decided to teach her kids about giving as the weather got cold.

" To share," said Penny Ray, explaining the lesson she wanted to teach. "That not everyone is as well off as we are and we have the ability to share no matter what our age is."

How did Penny Ray teach this to her kids? She and her class walked around the block and tied scarves to trees, along with a note that said "I'm not lost! If you are stuck out in the cold, take this scarf to keep you warm!"

The goal of the program was to help keep Rock Island's homeless population a little warmed this winter. Ray said many of the scarves disappeared right away, and the kids were excited about helping. Many went home, told their parents, and brought back more scarves for the effort. 

The YWCA is going to continue to accept scarves, fleece material, and monetary donations for the effort. 

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