The summer can be absolutely brutal. In Arizona it got so hot that everything was literally melting. But many would prefer that once they're in the dead of winter. Everything gets so cold society itself seems to grind to a halt. Nothing is worse than sub-freezing temperatures. The worst summer seems like a treat compared to scenes like the one pictured here.
However, it is nice to retreat indoors during these frosty few months. While being stuck because your snowed in sucks, warming yourself by a fire with loved ones makes the most of a dire situation. But if you have been out in the cold lately, you may have noticed something odd.
This is the scene many citizens in cities across the U.S. have been waking up to in winter months. Scarves have inexplicably been tied to trees. It'd be understandable if it was just one scarf, as it can be explained as someone losing it.
But this is clearly a coordinated effort. Church groups, sororities, basketball teams and many others have gotten in on this movement. They buy or knit winter apparel and leave it on the leave-less branches and bark.
Not everyone has the luxury of warming themselves indoors during the winter. There are over 500,000 homeless people currently in America. Seeing what the homeless go through can really put things into perspective. The freezing months are the toughest time for these citizens.
It's always inspiring to see when the homeless are able to turn their lives around. But sometimes they need a helping hand. This is one of many ways we're able to help out and remind others of the tough times they're going through.
This wonderful practice has gone viral recently. However, it's not a new idea. This concept can likely be traced back to an organization called Chase The Chill that was founded in Pennsylvania back in 2008.
The organization was founded in 2008. But they recall the first time they started draping scarves over trees two years later.
"Scarves draped on trees, bridge walkways, signs and other public locations appeared overnight in downtown Easton for the first time in fall 2010. Each one included a hang tag inviting anyone to claim ownership of the scarf."
This is a perfect and worthwhile excuse to knit more if you're into crocheting. Even if you're not that great at it, you now have motivation to learn and get better. Everyone has to start somewhere, and you'll get to help others as you improve to untold levels.