One day I was on the computer, more than likely Facebook. A pop-up from a larger city came on, and it was about how people in this city were hanging scarves around their park trees for the homeless. And I just felt this calling that was, ‘Hey, you can hang a scarf on your fence.’…So I kind of made this conscious connection with God, the universe, that I would do this.
I had this feeling that I needed to do it. So I just put it on my personal page for my friends: ‘Hey, does anybody have any scarves or gloves? Let’s test this out.’ And they wanted to do it. People just dropped off a few things and we hung them up. I put up a cardboard sign that said, ‘Free. Take it if you need it,’ or something like that. Very simple. And it started going. People started taking them. So then I would request more, and it just built and built and built very quickly.
We don’t keep track of who’s giving. We don’t keep track of who’s receiving. If you have it, give it, say your blessing over it, and the person who needs it is going to come, and they’re going to pick it up and take it.
When I was a child, like up to probably 12 or 13 years old, my family was very poor. Our church we were at that time would donate clothing for me and my brothers. As poor as we were financially, we never went without anything that we needed. And that was from the church and friends and neighbors who would help us during that time. That’s what made me comfortable with the idea of putting something on my fence or giving something away.
“We do have people who give shoes and stuff, like winter boots. It’s also nice to have some blankets and boots and everything they put out. Shoes are another big thing that you need.”
Writing, editing, and photography by Scott Weisser and Neil King