Despite the cold weather, plenty of warmth has been spread across Erath County thanks to the nearly 200 donations of gloves, mittens and knit caps to Becky's Wish.

On Monday, Becky's Wish, a glove and mitten collection campaign sponsored by the Empire-Tribune and local businesses like TexasBank, Gifford's TV and Electronics, InterBank and First Baptist Church of Stephenville, came to a close. 

"This is a great campaign that was started by our company'e Chief Operating Officer, Scott Wright, several years ago," said the E-T's Managing Editor Sara Vanden Berge. "The number of donations has grown every year and it's a campaign everyone here feels passionate about. We are so grateful to everyone who made donations and participated in this worthy cause." 

The items were donated to Come Eat Inc. and will be disbursed by the organization's director, LZ Harris.   

The local effort adds to the legacy left behind by St. Louis, Mo. resident Becky Wright who died unexpectedly in December 2008. In her life, Becky made it her personal mission to distribute gloves to the needy during St. Louis' harsh winters.

"Her heart went out to those without the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter," Wright said of his former wife.