Local 8-year-old collects Warmies for those in need

Michael Thomas stands by the Warmies drop off box at Walmart in Benton.

For the second year in a row, local 8-year-old Michael Thomas is collecting scarves, gloves and hats for those who need them in Marshall County.

Thomas wanted to keep people warm last year. He is autistic and calls warm clothes WARMIES!  It broke his heart, and his family’s, to see those in need without warm clothing.

For years his family has participated in Paducah’s Scarf in the Park and realized the need in Marshall County so WARMIES was started. The family says God has allowed them to start collecting and passing out again this year!

The drop off location is Benton Walmart and collection boxes are at both doors. Michael wanted everyone to know they are loved. Once they are received, they attach a handwritten note that says, “You are loved”.  The items are then placed in blessing boxes around Marshall County. If the warming center is open, they also place the items there.

In just the past few weeks 79 hats, 24 scarves and 27 gloves have been placed in Blessing Boxes!

Last year’s Warmies total for Marshall County:

121 sock hats

116 pair gloves

49 scarves

1 Cuddle Dud

5 sweatshirts/coats

30 socks

The Sharpe Homemakers donated $50 dollars to Marshall County Youth Services for Warmies.

We can’t do this without you!  Please donate!  All donations stay here in Marshall County!  Help us keep Marshall County Warm!

Mitchell and Renada York and Michael Thomas