As temperatures continue to hover in the 20s this week, those in need of warmth were able to find some through winter clothing hanging on a fence in downtown Wheeling.
It’s all thanks to Crittenton Services.
Residential clients wanted to help those in need, so on Thursday, they placed free coats, winter hats and blankets on a fence near the corner of Chapline Street and 20th Street.
They also added hand written messages saying “Free to Everyone” and “Stay Warm Wheeling.”
Most of the items are now gone, but #StayWarmWHG is far from over.
Community members are now getting involved and adding their own winter items to the display.
“How the public is taking off with this and their willingness to help us when they don’t even have to is a special thing to feel. There’s kindness around our area,” said Rachael Valentine, activities director at Crittendon Services.
“Yeah, to see how quickly this took off, whether it was through Facebook or word of mouth, I think it’s so special. The community gets the chance to see our girls for who they are and really understand what we do at Crittenton,” added Ashlee Jividen, therapist at Crittenton Services.
The girls plan to add even more items next week.
If you’re interested in donating new or gently used winter items, call (304) 242-7060.