LIFE

Town Is Baffled When Scarves Start Appearing On Trees, Then They Realize It’s For The Homeless

by Rebecca Endicott
Becca is a writer and aspirational dog owner living in NYC.

If you spot a tree wearing a scarf and mittens this winter, don’t worry, it’s not pulling a Frosty the Snowman and coming to life!

In fact, there will be quite a few trees, shrubs, and even telephone poles sporting cozy accessories in the chilliest months for a very good cause.

Like the young man who dressed up as Santa to hand out gifts to the homeless, the scarves are part of a plan to light up the lives of folks in need.

After all, most parts of this country get pretty darn chilly from December on, and this is the season of giving.

To that end, people all over the country are knitting up scarves, mittens, hats, and more, and attaching them to trees for anyone who needs an extra layer.

Folks who are homeless and cold can grab whatever they need, without feeling embarrassed or ashamed of asking.

Scroll through below to learn more about this awesome idea!

Whether you love crisp, clean winter air or spend the whole season waiting for spring, we’re all affected by the drop in temperature.

It sends most of us indoors, and limits how long we’re willing to brave the outdoors.

Most of us are lucky enough to spend the cold season cozied up inside, or bundled up in layers outside.

But while most folks are safe and warm, 1.56 million Americans are homeless, and spend their winters on the streets.

Nobody deserves to spend the coldest, darkest time of the year shivering desperately to stay warm.

That’s where the scarves come in.

People all over the county are launching tree-dressing drives, where they leave scarves, mittens, hats, and more, conveniently pinned to trees.

These drives are run by churches, shelters, knitting clubs, and other groups across the country.

They leave their warm winter accessories in convenient spots for anyone to grab. Trees are the most popular, but you’ll also see them on telephone poles and even bridges!

The clothes are often left with a note, so people know they are safe to take.

The note usually reads, “I am not lost… If you are stuck out in the cold, please take me to keep warm!”

That way, nobody will go without cozy clothes just because they’re worried about accidentally stealing from someone.

It’s a great way to show you care this winter, especially if you’re somebody who loves crafting for a cause.

A scarf is one of the easiest things to knit or crochet, so even a beginner can take part!

Plus, scarves don’t to take up much yarn, but have a huge impact, so it’s a good way to use up scrap yarn that might otherwise go to waste.

This is an easy project for anyone to start in their own community — no trees required, just lots of love and charity this winter!

To get started on knitting your very own heartwarming projects, you can see a few simple scarf patterns here.

And to learn more about how to end homelessness in America, visit National Coalition for the Homeless.

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