This Saginaw woman is providing scarves and winter commodities for the needy.
Lisa Atkinson, Saginaw resident, is responsible for all the scarves, gloves, and hats hanging on trees seen around downtown Saginaw. But it’s not an abstract art project. The idea is to give the needy and homeless the winter items they will need, without putting anybody on the spot. She will sometimes put up to 50 items up at a time.
And they don’t last long. Two days is the longest anything has stayed on the trees. Sometimes people come up before they can even be hung.
You can find some of the spots at:
Hoyt Library | 505 Janes Ave Saginaw, MI, 48607
AT&T building| 309 S. Washington Ave, Saginaw, MI, 48607
They don’t last long, but if you’re lucky you can catch some.
This genuinely pure idea sprung from a place of true despair. Atkinson lost her son, Cory, from a prescription drug overdose in 2013. He became addicted to prescription pills following a car crash in 2007. Atkinson was inspired to “pay it forward” in his honor.
“He’s missed a lot and I just want to keep his memory alive,” Atkinson said. “Well, he’d be very proud, very proud.”
True to his memory, each little gift comes with a note urging whoever gets it to stay warm and to help in any way they can.
You can pay it forward this holiday season too! Donations of scarves, hats, gloves, and chapsticks can be dropped off around Saginaw at:
Dawn of a New Day Coffee House and Cafe | 210 South Washington Ave, Saginaw, MI, 48607
Wally’s Old Fashioned Sandwich Shop | 216 South Washington Ave, Saginaw, MI, 48607