If an individual in Lancaster happens to be cold this winter season, they should look to the skies or at least the trees downtown for a solution. As of Feb. 2, Wrap Up, Lancaster! began providing free homemade scarves to those who are in need, placing them among the branches and atop bushes within Penn Square. Founded by local resident Angelia Reed, the group was inspired by a Canadian individual making scarves, tagging them with a note saying they were available for any who may need them.
This winter Reed made several of her own scarves for placement. Realizing she would need more help, she formed an online group named Wrap Up, Lancaster! and created a page on GoFundMe.com for support. Thus far, the group has been gifted a total of $45, to which all proceeds go towards the purchase of supplies. Scarves are preferred and can be woven, knitted or crocheted, though no winter gear is turned away.
There are three kinds of people needed for the project. These include those who create the scarves, those who are available to place them downtown and those interested in financially supporting the project on GoFundMe.com.
Several local businesses have joined in as drop-off locations for the scarves, including Inglenook, Building Character and the front desk at the Marriot. Citizens Bank recently contacted Reed asking for permission to place the scarves in a box within the lobby to prevent them from being soaked by the weather conditions. So far, the group has distributed 66 scarves and two hats, and is looking forward to its next scarf bombing on Feb. 23 at Musser Park. Scarves are usually placed at night time to yield surprise the following morning.
“It’s a wonderful thing. I’m happy to just be able to provide people with something to help keep them warm,” says Reed. “I think handmade items also offer sense of comfort. There are a lot of people in situations that need to be comforted and this is an easy thing for them. There are no requirements, no forms for them to fill out.”
Additionally, Reed attends a fiber arts group which meets every first and third Thursday of the month at First United Methodist Church in Millersville. Meeting from 6 to 8 p.m., individuals can learn how to knit or crochet while enjoying refreshments, and a sitter is available there for those with children. Several individuals from this group have contributed to the project, producing scarves.
Potential areas where the scarf bombing may occur include Binns Park, the west end of King Street, and surrounding area near the public library where individuals gather for community breakfasts.
“We plan on putting scarves out for as long as it is cold,” says Reed. “We don’t really have an exact time for cut off. It will be determined by the weather.”
For further information, interested parties may contact Reed at the Facebook page The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project at https://www.facebook.com/wrapuplancaster and on the group page entitled Wrap Up, Lancaster!. For those interested in donating to the cause, visit http://www.gofundme.com/ksdjio.
Locations for scarf drop off include the following:
Inglenook – 2300 Columbia Avenue
Tue: 8:45-12 p.m. & 6-9 p.m.
Wed-Fri: 8:45-3 p.m.
Sat: 9-12 p.m.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER – 342 N.Queen St, Lancaster
Mon-Sat: 10-6 p.m.
Sun: 12-5 p.m.
*free parking on weekends in the attached lot
Marriot Penn Square
Take scarves to the front desk,there is someone at the desk 24 hours/day.
Grace United Methodist Church
163 W. Frederick St., Millersville
Mon-Thur: 9-4 p.m.
280 Newport Rd., Leola
Mon-Fri: 7:30-4 p.m.
*There is a bin on the porch for after hours drop-offs.
The Speckled Sheep
713 Olde Hickory Rd., Lancaster
The Daily Grind
221 W. 4th St., Quarryville