What began as a way for one woman to give back and help others has turned into a nationwide movement of sorts. People everywhere are digging out their old winter scarves, or knitting up new ones, to tie around trees in parks and other well-traveled areas. The purpose is to make a warm scarf readily available to the homeless or anyone else who may need it.
As temperatures drop and freezing cold weather sets it, these scarves can make a huge difference in someones life. It’s vital to keep your head and ears covered and warm because when it’s not covered you end up losing a lot of body heat. For someone living outside in cold wet conditions, having a scarf to insulate their head and neck against the winter chill could mean the difference between life and death. Plus, there are the obvious comfort factors and having a cozy scarf to wrap yourself up in is always a nice feeling!
Some people are also choosing to include thoughtful messages along with the scarves. Others are more reassuring, such as one tagged with a simple note reading “I’m not lost! Please take me with you if you are cold. Stay warm!”
So how did this awesome idea begin? For Elizabeth Sammons it all started when a post on Facebook featuring the scarves caught her eye. With the help of a co-worker she placed five scarves on trees around the town of Fairbault, Minnesota and soon afterwards a woman contacted her about them. She wanted to bring the project to St. Paul and Elizabeth helped her do just that.
For Elizabeth, the scarves are a way for her to give back and help others who may need it. She knows the feeling of needing something and not being able to get it because she had a heart defect and in June of 2015 she was finally able to receive a heart transplant. After that, she spent her spare time crocheting as many scarves as she could. Then she gave them all away to the homeless or anyone in need of a warm winter scarf.
By the time Elizabeth and her team of volunteers arrived in St. Paul, they were armed with over 1,000 scarves. Some they handed out directly to those in need and the rest they wrapped around trees at over 20 local area parks. That way, the warm knit wear is out there for anyone who needs it.
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