“Soooomebody is going to be happy,” declared four-year-old Finley with glee in her voice, as she wrapped a lamppost on 4th St. and 6th Ave. East with a fuzzy scarf.
The kids and I participated in Yarn Harbor’s Warm Up the City event in which volunteers distributed already donated handmade hats, mittens, and scarves to easily accessible areas in town, such as bus shelters and street lamps, for people in need of cozy winter warmth.
Each item had a tag that said: “I am not lost! I need a good home! If you need me, please take me home with you.”
After being dispatched from the yarn store, Finley said, “I love to go on trips to help people.”
Being kind and being outside together are two of our family values. The fact that it was a frigid 25 degrees as we canvassed the block gave us the chance to really talk about the everyday impact of poverty and homelessness.
We often find that we benefit just as much as the recipients of our volunteer efforts. The response from people passing by was uplifting. One woman pulled her car over and offered $5 for the cause. Another woman who passed us on the sidewalk summed it up by repeating, “Love and kindness. Love and kindness.”
And when we were on our way back to Yarn Harbor with our empty bags, Daley reported, “That was fun!”
As parents, we hope they continue to see helping others as not only intrinsically satisfying, but also fundamental to the meaning of community.
A big thank you to Yarn Harbor and all the generous knitters and crocheters who gave our family the opportunity to help warm up Duluth!
What community activities have you and your family participated in? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!