In North Texas, the temperatures are dropping. As people struggle to keep warm, Emilia Flores knows that the people who are living on the streets and aren’t able to find shelter during the night have it the worst.
Flores runs a taco shop and decided to try something special this year. She put up a rack of coats in front of her restaurant with a huge sign:
Are you cold? Take one. Do you want to help? Leave one.”
And people have.
People are constantly dropping off old coats and sweaters as donations for the people in their community who aren’t able to afford new winter clothing. She was inspired after a trip to Mexico.
They can just come and get them. And they don’t have to ask or feel embarrassed about it. And I think that’s a great thing,” Flores said.
It saves people the embarrassment of having to ask for help, which usually deters the struggling or homeless in the area.
There are still terrible people in the community, and several times, Flores has come to the shop and found that the entire wardrobe had been stolen in the night…but her customers won’t stand for it and rally together to refill the racks once more.
In small ways you can actually make a difference,” she said. “And this year particularly I thought that the world is so polarized and the country is so polarized, it’s just another reminder that it takes very little to make life easier for people.”
Would this work in your community?
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