The winter cold is a bad thing to be stuck in, deadly at worst. And with temperatures going way below zero degrees in many places, it’s hard to imagine staying outside in the blistering cold without any form of heat to keep you warm.
If you’re among the fortunate ones who have a fireplace and heater at home, then good for you as you can easily warm yourselves on the fire and thaw immediately. But not everyone is lucky to have that kind of luxury. Some don’t have a fireplace or an automatic heating system. Some don’t even have homes to shield them from the piercing cold.
And it is with this thought that a group of knitters from Winnipeg in Canada decided to come up with a project that could literally, “chase the chill away.”
Carefully hand-knitted scarves could be seen tied on trees and poles in the Exchange District of the city one winter day. The practice, aptly named “Chase The Chill” has been on-going for the past three years.
Local knitters donate handmade scarves to help anyone, most especially the homeless to stay warm during the cold. And the donations have been growing in volume as years go by.
And it’s not only the scarves that are keeping the people who use them warm. Volunteers of the movement spend a Saturday morning attaching thoughtful notes on the donated scarves. The notes serve as an invitation to anyone to take advantage of the scarves. It also serves as a reminder that someone out there cares for another’s well-being enough to send warmth through the knitted scarves.
And the advocacy has even spread elsewhere. Last December, scarves were seen tied to trees in Ottawa and Alberta in Canada. There were also scarves on posts in North Carolina and even as far as Norway.
It just goes to prove that a little kindness goes a long way.