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22nd Nov 2015

Canadian children dress lamp posts in clothes to help homeless people

A brilliant gesture


Children in Halifax, Canada have been joining in with a brilliant way of helping out their homeless community ahead as the cold winter begins to bite.

Local woman Tara Smith-Atkins reached out to people in the community asking for donations of coats. After using Facebook to launch her appeal, she received bags upon bags of warm clothing.

Having been inundated, she decided she would ask her daughter and her seven friends to help her dress local lamp posts with the coats, scarves and gloves on a visit to the city on November 15.

Each bundle came complete with a tag which read: ‘I am not lost! If you are out in the cold, please take me to keep warm!’

“They definitely learned the importance of it,” Smith-Atkins told CBC News.

“When we got back in the car after an hour on the street, they were all freezing and crying for the heater to be on and complaining because they were cold. And they were bundled up.”

Photos of the lamp posts soon circulated, with many wondering who was responsible for the gesture.