Kristin Kelly and her husband were out for a walk in downtown Raleigh last Sunday when they came upon a red scarf wrapped around a light pole, with a note saying it had been left there for anyone who needed it.
Kelly didn’t know who had put the scarf there, but she was moved to take a photo of it and send it to The News & Observer, which published it Wednesday as a “Your Best Shot.”
“It warmed my heart,” Kelly said. “But most importantly, I hope it kept someone warm.”
The next day, Vicki Ryder of Durham wrote in to share the story of the scarf.
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The grannies Triangle Raging Grannies repurposed the scarves by hanging them on trees, lamp posts and benches, with a note attached.
Ryder is a member of the Triangle Raging Grannies, a group of social activists who took part in the HKonJ Moral March in downtown Raleigh last Saturday. Knowing that it would be cold that morning, she says, the grannies made 30 red fleece scarves for the choir that was to sing from the Fayetteville Street stage as the marchers arrived at the State Capitol.
When the rally ended, Ryder said, the grannies repurposed the scarves by hanging them on trees, lamp posts and benches, with the note attached.
“We were moved to do that by our growing Moral Movement, which calls upon us to care ‘for the least of these,’” Ryder wrote in an email. “We hope that all 30 of those scarves are now providing needed warmth for those who otherwise would do without.”