A group of youngsters and a mom in Canada made a kind-hearted gesture last weekend to help homeless people in Halifax, Nova Scotia, stay warm this winter.
On Sunday, they could be seen tying jackets, mittens and scarves around the city's street poles, CBC reported. A tag attached to each item read: "I am not lost! If you are stuck out in the cold, please take me to keep warm!"
Tara Smith-Atkins, a 27-year-old from Caledonia, Nova Scotia, launched the initiative earlier this year when she posted a plea on Facebook for unwanted coats to give to the homeless. She decided to recruit the children at her daughter's eighth birthday party to help distribute the coats in Halifax, reports Nova News Now.
The kids "definitely learned the importance of it," Smith-Atkins told CBC.
"When we got back in the car after an hour on the street, they were all freezing and crying for the heater to be on and complaining because they were cold. And they were bundled up," she said. So she took the opportunity to remind the kids how important it is to have a coat.
Smith-Atkins said some people have suggested that individuals who don’t actually need the coats may have picked them up instead.
But she told Nova News Now, “We, as a group, decided to put those there with the belief in humanity that if someone came along and took those, they really needed them."
Once the coat-giving party was gone, passersby were left scratching their heads at the sight of the decorated poles -- and soon started posting pictures of them on Twitter and Facebook.
Smith-Atkins is now planning a similar stunt for next winter, when she hopes to include $5 food gift cards with each coat.
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