While we are tucked away in our homes this winter, there are many unfortunate folks out there who have no choice but to suffer in the frigid temperatures and endure the unpredictable storms without the proper clothing. Most of us have a variety of hats, scarves, and gloves to choose from when we don our daily outfits, and it’s easy to forget that there is a whole world of homeless people who would do anything for those added layers in the winter months.
This winter, kind people all over the nation have started a creative way of helping those in need of warmth and it just happens to add some decor to the towns and cities across the country. If you’ve seen scarves tied around trees yet this season, there is a reason for this colorful tree decor….it is a way of giving back and thinking about those who are less fortunate. The scarves that have been seen on trees are either bought or made by hand and some of them even come with a kind message such as the following…
“I’m not lost! Please take me with you if you are cold. Stay warm. God bless!”
This is a perfect example of members of the community getting together to make a difference and what better way to show the world how much you care.
In some of the images provided, several of the trees had more than one brightly colored scarf, making the area look exceptionally colorful and kind.
“I think it’s a great thing to be able to do for the community,” said Elizabeth Sammons, who uses her passion for knitting to help others. “There’s a lot of people behind it, a lot of support. It’s really nice.”
The scarf trend started in Seymour, Indiana, and it didn’t take long for others to spread the love throughout the holiday season. Some of the scarfs have been seen in public areas like community parks and others are on the trees in the yards of those who want to give. Word is spreading fast amongst church groups and community organizations across the country.
Veterans Park in Manchester, New Hampshire was featured on the news for their brightly colored trees covered in knitted, crocheted and purchased scarfs by those who wanted to give. A church in Auburn, New Hampshire heard about the scarf trend and decided to try it out at Veterans Park.
“Some people have already picked them up,” said Reverand Ruth Gallot. “We wanted to get them out before it gets cold so people will have them in time when they were most needed.”
With Veterans Day around the corner, the church members felt that it was an appropriate place to hang the scarfs considering there would be a lot of people gathering in that area. The group calls this charity mission, “yarn bombing” and they have contributed 75 handmade scarfs this year.
Commenters shared their praise for the mysterious scarfs…
“It’s wonderful when ordinary people care enough about people they don’t know or have any connection with to make a b pleasant change in someone’s life.”