This Man Leaves Scarves Outside For Touching Reason
ShareTap Staff 1/14/2019
Winter is a difficult time to be without warm clothes. The homeless have it especially rough. If the shelters are full, they'll have to make do with sleeping in the sidewalks. Some of them, however, don't even have the most basic winter clothes to get them through one night.
Fortunately, one neighborhood in Massachusetts won't have to worry about getting scarves. It won't solve all their winter problems, but it will certainly help them get warmer.
In Massachusetts, there is a man named Lenny. He's eighty-four years old and runs the St. Vincent de Paul Store. He sells clothing, furniture, and many other things. It's been part of Falls River, Massachusetts for a long time and was once managed by Michael Nicolan, Lenny's son.
Michael passed away because of cancer. He had started the scarf-giving tradition a few years before he was taken by the disease. Inspired by his son's generosity and kindness, Lenny decided to follow the tradition. Now, during winter, he brings scarves outside twice a day. He ties them around a pole and places a plastic cover on them for protection.
The pole also has a sign that says, "Please take a scarf. It will keep you warm during the cold of winter." Below that is a picture of Lenny's son. When interviewed by CBS news, Lenny said that he wanted to pay it forward. Scarves might seem so small and insignificant to others who can buy them daily. For the community of Falls Rivers, though, the scarves are a blessing.
After his son passed away, Lenny had received scarves donated by Falls River residents. This tradition has inspired people in the community to donate more to help the less fortunate. It has also brought the town together in a new way.
"We help people. You will not go out without a scarf. Walk in this place and you will walk out with a scarf, if we don't have any more for the pole."
Many people now in Falls River have a scarf to keep them warmer during the winter. It's all thanks to Lenny and his son's tradition. The great thing is that the community knows that these scarves can help those who don't have much. People don't take more than what they need, and that is absolutely inspiring!
Lenny's family also keeps the tradition alive by gathering donations from relatives and friends. His daughter keeps the love flowing and donates other things and her time as much as she can. The entire community of Falls River hope to keep the tradition alive in the years to come. Who knows, it might grow into something bigger someday.
Giving away scarves can seem like a small thing, but they can make a huge impact on people who don't have much.