Some of Florida’s homeless are going to be toasty this week following a cold spell in the state, thanks to a group of young girls who tied warm clothing around lamp posts for the less fortunate to find.
Inspired by a story posted to Good News Network back in November that featured Canadian children leaving jackets around Halifax, kids from the Annunciation Catholic Church collected 100 donated sweaters and coats and left them on lamp posts in downtown Apopka, Florida.
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The young volunteers noticed more than one homeless person gratefully claiming the clothing, which had tags attached that said: “I am not lost. If you are stuck out in the cold, please take me to stay warm.”
“The timing was beautiful,” the organizer, Jenny Tarr LeMieux, told Good News Network. “The girls got to watch from a short distance as strangers found the coats, read the note and then tried on the jackets to see which one fit them best. It made us all smile from ear to ear. We knew immediately that we had made someone warmer that day.”
The event kicked off with Jenny asking the mothers of her daughter’s friends if they wanted to reach out to the community and collect donations for the project.
“One of my favorite parts of the whole event was actually collecting the coats from friends and family and then getting the girls involved in writing the tags,” says Jenny. “It was a great way to get the kids actively participating in a service project while also teaching about ‘random acts of kindness’ at the same time.”
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