A Woman in Maine Is Taping Free Jackets to Poles to Help the Needy
Gabby Kaper, a 20-year-old college student living in Portland, Maine, made more than just a few people feel warm this holiday season after she recently purchased five $1 coats from Goodwill, affixed notes to the garments instructing those in need to take them, and attached them to light poles in downtown Portland.
"I am not lost! Please take me if you need me!" the signs read. According to local NBC news affiliate WCSH6, Kaper distributed the coats during the evening, right after she got out of class. By morning, they were all gone.
"I hate seeing people in need that aren't getting the support that they need," Kaper told WCSH6. "I'm a college student, so I don't have that much money. So there's really no excuse for not being able to help."
Gabby said she's going to continue leaving jackets around town every Monday night while the cold weather continues. She also took to social media to urge others to do the same. "People are homeless, people are cold," she wrote on Facebook. "$5 to make five people less freezing, $5 to make someone sleep a little better tonight, $5 may be very little to me but very important to another. I encourage everyone to give this a try this season."