There’s an old song about a yellow ribbon, tied to an old oak tree; it was about a man who’d been away from his wife or girlfriend for a long time and if she wanted him back, she’s tie that ribbon to a tree to let him know. That idea morphed into one concerning our veterans, welcoming them home from war.
Now, there’s a new trend ... thousands of people from all across the nation are taking their old scarves, or making their own handmade and versions, and tying them around the base of trees in parks, along city roads and in neighborhoods.
The scarves are left for homeless people who may be exposed to the frigid winter temperatures and inclement weather; the scarves are free to anyone who needs one and some even come with handwritten messages:
"I'm not lost! Please take me with you if you are cold. Stay warm. God bless!"
The trend started in Seymour, Indiana, and now church groups, schools fundraisers and kind random strangers from almost every state are pitching in to make sure a good portion of the 1.56 million homeless Americans are a little warmer this winter!
So, if you have an old scarf you aren’t using, take it downtown, take it to a park, outside a church or school, and tie it around an old tree.
Someone may come along who needs that kind of a warm hug.