Dec 19 2017

On one of my regular walks at Springbrook Park the other day I noticed scarves tied to trees. There was a message attached to the scarves, "I am not lost ... If you are stuck out in the cold please take what you need to keep warm."

I had no idea who provided the scarves, but what a great idea.

The local newspaper, Maryville Daily Times, figured it out. The scarf angels also tied scarves, hats, and gloves to trees in downtown Maryville.

Credit for this special Christmas offering goes to April Armstrong Hoard, a para-professional who works with special-needs children at Alcoa Elementary School. In this effort, she shares accolades with her 7-year-old daughter Claire, a first-grader at AES; her husband Dallas, a 911 dispatcher; and all the people at AES who contributed knitted goods for the effort.
About 100 items were donated to be offered not just to the homeless but to anyone who needed a scarf or other knitted item to keep warm.

What a kind gesture.


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