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“And it seems every time we put something out within a couple days they’re gone,” she said.
KSFY News reporter Erika Leigh was out with Patton and her volunteers on Friday night while they hung another 111 items. By the time Leigh went back to the area Saturday morning dozens of those items were already gone.
Patton said, they’re hoping to serve an underserved population who may need something warm either because they’re living on the streets or because they just can’t afford the items.
“The nice thing about this is that they are just along the walkway,” Patton said. “They can literally just walk up and grab it and go and they don’t have to stand in line, they don’t have to feel judged, they can kind of keep some dignity.”
The team has gone out on a limb covering two trees and the fence post along 4th St. with men’s, women’s and children’s items as well as several trees on Main Ave. and two trees leading into the Siouxland Health and Human Services building.
“Anything we can give them to help warm them up a little bit really can make a big difference,” she said.
Besides collecting and hanging the items, each one also has a personal touch that the volunteers add before putting them up.
“The tag just simply says, ‘I am not lost. I was put here for you,'” Patton said. “We also have just little quotes that we’ve put on there that have sayings about keeping a warm heart or just different things that talk about warmth that we are hoping kind of inspire them too.”
She wants anyone who may need something warm this winter to know .
“It’s a gift and they don’t have to pay it back or anything like that but they were put there with them in mind,” Patton said.
There are several locations across Sioux Falls where you can drop off items including the downtown library on Dakota Ave., the Ronning branch at 3100 E. 49th St. and the Prairie West branch at 7630 W. 26th St.
They are accepting new and gently used scarves, hats, earmuffs, mittens, gloves and socks for men, women and children. Patton said the men’s items seem to be disappearing the most quickly.