OKLAHOMA CITY - Lots of trees in the metro are decorated with twinkling lights for the holidays, but on the west side of the Myriad Botanical Gardens, along Hudson Avenue, some trees are covered with scarves, gloves, socks and more.
The winter wear items are not lost, but are waiting to be found.
"It's keeping you warm, it's giving you inspiration, it's letting people know that we care about you, we're praying for you, even if we don't know you," said Amber Hunsucker.
From all different colors, patterns and sizes, the winter accessories are up for grabs, left to help those in need.
"That's really the purpose of doing it, to give back blessings," said Connie Root.
The team of people who started this initiative is part of the south Oklahoma City Chamber. They meet bi-weekly for what they call "Tuesday Talk," building friendships through education and projects, like this scarf service project.
"You look at people and if eyes could just read the soul of what's actually going on with people versus their appearance, and we do one kind thing for one person, it could make a change in our community," said Hunsucker.
Next to the scarves and gloves are signs with messages, like “Some people are worth giving to. Please take one if you find yourself in need."
"I think the compassion that's in the people of Oklahoma City to do something like this is really outstanding and sets us apart among other cities," said Scott Warren.
This act of giving back is already catching attention for people, like Scott Warren, who noticed the decked out trees during his daily exercise.
"I think that what this does in this season helps reflect on everything we've been given as people. We've been blessed in so many ways, and I think these people just want to bless someone else in this season of giving," said Warren.
"The scarves are there for them. It's Christmas, let's do something nice for each other," said Root.
Myriad Gardens has given the project permission to wrap the trees located on the west side of the Gardens along Hudson Avenue.
This Saturday from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., if you drop off a clothing item, you will get a free OKC Blazer (hockey team) ticket.
The group also has drop off locations in the metro, including at Deer Creek Boutique, South Oklahoma City Chamber, OKC Blazer’s Ice Rink, and Comtech Design Print and Mail.
For more information about the Scarf Service Project, contact Amber Hunsucker at firstname.lastname@example.org or Connie Root at email@example.com .