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Scarves in the Park Project: Decorah, Iowa
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Scarves in the Park Project: Decorah, Iowa

At first glance it may look like some people partied too hard and threw their clothes in the trees. However, it is a much different situation. Inspired by similar projects happening around the world, residents of Decorah, Iowa are leaving scarves, gloves, and hats hanging from trees in a small downtown park. Along with the clothing items, in each tree, there is a small yellow sign.

The little yellow signs read "Scarves in the Park. Need a Scarf, Take a Scarf. Have a Scarf, Leave a Scarf. Mittens, gloves, and caps are welcome too." It's a community giving project for the cold winter months. Too often, residents are forced to brave the harsh winter temperatures of Northeast Iowa, without proper clothing. Sometimes, folks are just caught off guard by an abrupt winter storm. The community giving project, called Scarves in the Park, exists to offer warm articles of clothing, ready for those in need to take and use.

Scarves in the Park is a glowing example of the giving spirit of the holidays, and that of the character of the residents of Decorah. The community is no stranger to giving to others, and they are setting an example for other communities for giving during these upcoming winter months. 

The project is happening at Water Street Park, right next to the Oneota Community Coop in downtown Decorah, Iowa. If you're in need of some warmth while visiting Decorah, stop by the park and help yourself. If you have some extra winter accessories, feel free to hang them from the trees.


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    Imagine Northeast Iowa Support
    Thanks for sharing the warmth, Nick! We love this community project!

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