There are coats being left on poles, reports WCHSTV, all around Huntington, West Virginia. The “coats on poles” movement is one that could catch on worldwide because it’s an easy way to anonymously give someone a coat who might need it to stay warm in the winter.
As reported on their Facebook page, the “Team Toni” responsible for the coats on poles gives an explanation that the movement was launched in honor of Toni Black, who lost her life to lung cancer — yet lives on in the legacy of the coats being left on poles to help others in need.
“Team Toni began when Toni Black was diagnosed with lung cancer on March 27th, 2011 @ St Mary’s Hospital! She had been a healthy girl for 22 years! She is a graduate of Chesapeake High School, home of the panthers where she was a cheerleader & member of many clubs! She is loved by all and very supported! Join this page and you will join her dream of giving back to those who are fighting cancer. Her diagnosis was a shock to all who learned of it, however her faith was absolutely amazing in her Lord and savior Jesus Christ! She is supported by a large family & a host of friends who already have shown her a tremendous love and support! WE promise her fight to stop cancer and support others will never stop….we promise! Toni went to her heavenly home on April 9, 2012 however her legacy lives on through www.teamtoni.org.“
The below video shows how the “coats on poles” movement offers an opportunity for those who are too shy to ask for help get coats without needing to face someone and ask them directly. It also serves as an easy way to place coats all along poles in cities with notes telling the person to take the coat if they need the coat — no strings attached, no questions asked.
With the weather still seasonably warm in some cities, it is the perfect time for the “coats on poles” movement to go viral. Folks who see the coats on poles might question why the coats are hanging on the poles at first — and those who need them could be a little wary at first about a coat hanging on a pole.
However, upon reading the note that says “God bless” and offering the coat to whomever needs it for free, those who need a coat and those who don’t recognize the “coats on poles” movement as one stemming from love. It’s a practical and physical way to offer support to someone who might need to stay warm. Instead of worrying about giving money to someone in need and fearing that the money won’t go towards food but be used instead to pay for nefarious things, the “coats on poles” movement can take some of the worry out of the minds of those who want to leave a coat on a pole.
— Calgary Buzz (@CgyBuzz) November 26, 2015
Coats for adults and children of all sizes can be left on the poles, a movement that can catch on in other cities and allow both adults and kids who need to stay warm a chance to get a coat. The coats on poles needn’t only go to homeless people — although those who are outdoors the most during the cold months would surely appreciate the lifesaving measure. People who are down on their luck and need coats can surely avail themselves of the popular “coats on poles” movement as well.
— Herb Scribner (@HerbScribner) November 24, 2015
Instead of having to stand in a long line or seek out coats via other means, those who need a coat can simply look for one that has been zipped up around a pole — or taped on a pole — with the note saying to take the coat from the pole for free, and they’ll have a coat to help keep them warm.
On social media, lots of photos of coats on poles are filling up Twitter.
[Images via Twitter/Coats on Poles]