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A scarf hangs at Parks Place in Bellows Falls, ready for someone who needs one.

Town and Village

Scarf project brings warmth to people in need

Originally published in The Commons issue #441 (Wednesday, January 10, 2018). This story appeared on page C1.

BELLOWS FALLS—In this darkest time of the year, board members of the Greater Falls Warming Shelter are sending the message that a winter scarf can provide more than physical warmth.

By placing scarves around town with a tag that reads, “If you need it, please take this scarf as our gift to you,” they hope to let folks know that they care and make others aware that an extra scarf, hat, pair of gloves, or coat can make a big difference in someone’s life.

“Other towns have taken on this project,” board member Ann DiBernardo said in a news release. “We thought it would be a way to help others while reminding our community that there’s a need.”

The shortest day of the year, marked by the winter solstice Dec. 21, marked the beginning of the project. Scarves will be hung at various locations in Bellows Falls, and residents are encouraged to add others.

The shelter is also happy to receive donations of these items plus socks for the guests sheltered there. The shelter can be contacted at

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