Amazing Family Wraps Clothing On Street Poles For The Homeless

posted: 12/01/15
by: TLCme
coats for homeless

It gets really cold in Halifax, Nova Scotia. So local resident Tara Smith-Atkins came up with a great way to help the less fortunate. Every year, she and her family collect coats and clothing for the city's less fortunate, but rather than drop them off with the Salvation Army or a local charity, she and her family simply tie the coats and clothes to lampposts. Each item carries a tag that says "I am not lost! If you are stuck out in the cold, please take me to keep warm!"

Photos of the poles circulated on Facebook and began going viral.

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!A bunch of awesome people in Halifax are tying jackets, scarves, and hats to light poles, benches...

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"I'm happy that it's inspiring people far and wide. I also felt a twinge of disappointment that such a small gesture grabbed such attention," she told ABC News. Smith-Atkins says that she was compelled to give back after a difficult time in her own life; she had her daughter when she was just out of high school, and she and her husband were in a terrible car accident.

"If not for the love and assistance from our family who knows where we'd be," she said. "Most of us are only a few paychecks and a bad decision away from the streets."

Smith-Atkins says that it's an "ongoing lesson" for her daughter on "how fortunate she is, and how important it is for us to hep those who were not so blessed."