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halifax, nova scotia’s residents have recently been seeing an interesting sight: coats tied to street poles. at first, one might think that these clothes are lost, but they’ve actually been put there for a specific reason. if you look closely, there are labels attached to the jackets that read, “we’re not lost! if you are stuck out in the cold, please take me to keep warm!”

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every year, tara smith-atkins works to help the homeless brave winter’s freezing temperatures. she asks the community to donate old coats and then invites local children to help her tie them to lamp posts for those in need. they also bring along scarves and mittens.

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as the kids are tying outerwear to the poles, she aims to teach them an important lesson. she explained, “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.” not only is the compassionate woman working to help the homeless, she’s also teaching young children the significance of what they’re doing.Β next year, smith-atkins hopes to include a $5 voucher in each coat pocket so the wearer can buy themselves a hot meal.

credits: halifolks, tara smith-atkins, amy poehler’s smart girls, ann gragert

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  1. I’m all for volunteers pooling skill and hands-on help to homeless, in whatever form. As a knitter, I’ve long advocated to handcrafts volunteers to meet in hospital lobbies, where they can make hats and socks for the sick and needy who come to the hospitals. I guarantee there are thousands of knitters (and crocheters) out there who have lots of yarn, other materials, and time they would love to donate. What better way to pass the time while you’re waiting for news? It’s something any community can do, and it would be great PR for all concerned.

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