The "Free on a Tree" Initiative is keeping people toasty in the coldest months.
It all started when Edwards when was given a homework assignment to come up with an idea for something to contribute to the community. His mother, Cathy, had been discussing homelessness with him, prompting him to invent the Free on a Tree project. Friends and family members donated coats to the project, and now the project has donation points all around the area.
Oliver and Cathy say that they put thought into where they leave the coats, choosing spots where the coats will be found but won’t stand out too much. “Just trying to make it accessible and also give people a little bit of privacy around taking a coat. It’s not always easy to ask for help,” Cathy explained.
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