Paducah Bank Donates to Warming Center

warming centerPictured from left to right: Mardie Herndon (Paducah Bank president/COO), Mike Gregory (community education representative with Humana/CareSource), Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler, Sally Michelson (Community Ministries), Charles Moore (Senior Pastor First Baptist Church), Danny Evitts (McCracken County president of Independence Bank), and Rev. Meghan Holland (Asst. Rector Grace Episcopal Church)
Not pictured-Mark Edwards (Credit Bureau Systems president/CEO)

Mayor Gayle Kaler met with Paducah Bank President Mardie Herndon along with leaders from several other community organizations and businesses today to thank them for their contribution to the Paducah Warming-Cooling Center. Paducah Bank, Humana/CareSource, First Baptist Church, Independence Bank, Grace Episcopal Church, and Credit Bureau Systems each gave $500 to Community Ministries, Inc. for the purchase of 20 new cots for the center.

“Having a warm home and a bed to sleep in at night is a blessing that many of us take for granted,” Herndon said. “Shelter from the elements is a basic human necessity and can mean the difference between life and death – especially this time of the year. Paducah Bank is proud to contribute to the purchase of these cots which will allow the warming center to shelter 20 additional individuals from the brutal cold this winter. That’s possibly 20 lives we’ve saved!”

Currently, the Center is located at Grace Episcopal Church at 820 Broadway. When the temperature forecast is 40 degrees or lower, those needing a warm place to stay can go to the church. Doors open at 6 p.m. and folks can remain until 8 a.m. No pets are allowed. Once renovations are complete at the new location for the Community Kitchen at 1237 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, the Warming-Cooling Center will be relocated there. The hope is for renovations to be finished by January.

To find out more about the Paducah Warming-Cooling Center including the need for volunteers and how to donate through Community Ministries, Inc., visit www.community-ministries.org orhttp://paducahky.gov/paducah/warming-center.