A scarf, tied to a parking meter along Seventh Street, flaps in the wind on Sunday afternoon. A local Girl Guides troupe left the winter wear as a good deed to anyone in need. (COLIN CORNEAU/BRANDON SUN)
The mystery scarves tied to lamp posts, trees and parking meters on Saturday were well used over the weekend.
They started to appear on Saturday morning with a note attached to each one: "I am not lost! If you are stuck out in the cold, take me to keep you warm."
Dozens of them were put up by a group of local Girl Guides, who came up with the idea themselves after seeing a similar campaign in other Canadian cities.
Some of the scarves had matching mittens and toques.
"It’s been so cold that we thought it would be nice for people to have a nice warm scarf," said nine-year-old Hannah Koversky, one of the guides.
The group of 18 Girl Guides, between the ages of nine and 11, spent Friday evening making more than 70 scarves during a sleepover and woke up early Saturday to decorate the city with their random act of kindness.
"It was just a project the kids decided to do," said scout leader Carla Paddock.
"Community service is a huge part of our program so just giving back in as many ways as we can."
Paddock said about half of the scarves were gone by Sunday afternoon.
"The girls watched somebody take a scarf and were so excited, it was a pretty incredible rush for them, actually," she’s said. "It gave the girls a really good feeling to help out."
This week, Girl Guides are making heart keychains to give to emergency personnel such as ER workers at the hospital, firefighters and police to "thank our community heroes," Paddock said.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 10, 2014