Have You Seen Scarves Tied to Benches & Trees Downtown
It's an interesting sight in downtown Grand Rapids. Along Division Avenue and at Veteran's Park near the Children's Museum you'll find scarves. Many, many scarves, hundred, hand-knit, tied to poles, benches, trees and fences. Why? to spread some winter warmth and a little love.
Fox 17 reports the organizer, who would like to stay anonymous, started the scarf project in 2015 in honor of her father's passing.
Now every year on December 6, she and other volunteers knit and distribute free scarves hoping to spread some joy and warmth to those in need.
The entire project started small as she only had ten scarves. This year she distributed 293 with the help of nine volunteers.
One woman took a scarf for herself and her seven-year-old daughter, who have struggled this year during the pandemic.
"I'm a single mom. I've stayed at home most of this year not working, trying to home school and stuff. Finally I'm out here back at work and everything," said Sierra Ingram. "I know the weather is getting cold and stuff, so this is really helpful for me and my daughter to get a little bit of winter gear."
COVID-19 has really put a "whammy" on so many people and families. With the homeless rates rising, sadly we are seeing more people on the streets. And the silent addition to that population are children. This small gesture can do so much.
The anonymous organizer says while she knows a scarf isn't much, but it can mean so much to someone in need and spread a little love, joy, and show that people care.
The scarves are tied to some trees near Degage Ministries, along Division and at Veterans Park in Grand Rapids.
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