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Volunteers give the gift of warmth this holiday season

Have you wondered why there are scarves stapled to trees downtown?

Steve Paradowski works near Cathedral Park in downtown Buffalo. One day he realized that he wanted to do something to help those in need in the area.

"I was outside and I looked at the park a couple times and thought it would be really cool if we had scarves hanging off the trees," said Paradowski.

He took the idea to his congregation at North Park Lutheran Church and was overwhelmed by the response.

"I asked our folks at church who were knitters to knit me about 40 scarves. Well the story grew and it grew and it grew. It went on Facebook and friends spread the word. We ended up with over 300 pieces to hang on these trees today."

Sunday afternoon volunteers gathered at Cathedral Park to staple hundreds of hats, scarves and gloves to trees for those in need.

"There are still kind people in the world willing to help," said Paradowski. "Willing to make a difference in somebodies life." 

Ebenezer United Church of Christ in West Seneca is also working to help those in need this holiday season.

Volunteers worked with the West Seneca School District to purchase presents for families in need to go under the tree.

"Our greatest gift is seeing those tears and knowing the gratitude, the thankfulness just the happiness they are experiencing," said Reverend Gary Gossel.

Whether its warm clothes or gifts under the tree, the city of good neighbors continues to help others this holiday season.