WORCESTER, Mass. - A local church and members of its youth group are doing their part to make sure everyone is warm this winter.
Members of the Universalist Unitarian Church in Worcester spent a night last week tying hats, scarves and gloves to some of the light posts, fences and benches along the Worcester Common. The clothing items were available for anyone to take. There were also encouraging notes saying "I am not lost. If you need this to stay warm, please take it or share with someone who does."
This has become an annual tradition for the youth group, and church leaders say it's always worth the effort.
"It's very rewarding when you can actually see people picking up the hats and mittens and using them," said Robin Mitzcavitch, Director of Religious Exploration and Education for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester. "People noticing the next day that the scarves and mittens and things are out there for people, and drawing attention to that fact by using social media. So, it makes it kind of worthwhile to know that they're useful."
"It's good knowing that we have an impact on people in the city," said George Bejune. "And it's fun just doing it knowing we're helping and having an impact throughout the city."
Spectrum News 1 went down to the common Sunday, but all of the clothing had been taken already. The church says they're very much structured around social justice, community outreach and giving back when possible.