‘Scarves in the Park’ gets warm clothing to people in need-no questions asked

Suzette Aposhian has quite the collection of scarves and other warm clothing items in her home.

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“All year long there’s men and women across the state that hand-make scarves, hats, even some gloves,” Aposhian said of her stash.

The items are for the “Scarves in the Park” event Aposhian started four year ago.

She was inspired by a video she saw of a group of women in New Hampshire doing something similar.

“We can always use something to uplift us and help other people,” she said.

On the first Saturday in December, the scarves and other items are tied to a fence in Liberty Park near the tennis courts. People who could use the items are welcome to come and take them — no questions asked.

“I don’t care, as long as it gets put to good use and helps someone else out there,” said Aposhian.

Each item has a special tag with a message that reads “I am not lost or forgotten and neither are you.”

Aposhian hopes people will take that message to heart.

“Maybe they’ll put it in their pocket, and if they’re feeling down and discouraged, maybe they’ll pull it out, look at it, and remember that people really do care,” she said.

The scarves typically are all gone by the end of the weekend. Aposhian thinks the need will be even greater this time around with more families trying to make ends meet.

But with the pandemic, donations are down this year. Last year Aposhian had about 2,000 items. She is hoping to get at least 1,000 this year.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to help her get to that goal.

She is collecting everything before Thanksgiving. Items don’t have to be handmade, but need to be in new condition.

If you want to help, you can visit the Scarves in the Park Facebook page. There is a list of drop-off locations and contact information. Scarves, hats, gloves, coats, and yarn are accepted at all locations.