JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville woman is getting creative to keep people warm during the ongoing arctic blast.
Recently, there have been reports in Canada of a mysterious person going around and "scarf bombing" random places. Each scarf is left with a note that encourages whomever finds it to use it to take a bite out of the cold weather.
"I just saw that and thought, 'I can do that,'" said Michelle Chance-Sangthong, a self-proclaimed novice craftswoman. Chance-Sangthong was so inspired by the warm gesture in Canada she decided to do the exact same thing in Jacksonville. "I don't think it takes much to make someone's day or make things a little better for someone," she told First Coast News.
So, from a small table in her living room, Chance-Sangthong has created a workshop where she hand-makes colorful fleece scarves. She said, "Whether it's this or something else, I do hope I'm making a difference to help other people think about the ways they can help."
Chance-Sangthong chose fleece instead of what's being used in Canada, which is wool. She said fleece helps her work a lot faster. She can make about four scarves with one yard of fleece using a measuring board and fabric cutter. "It only takes about an hour to make a few scarves. I mean, who doesn't have an hour?" she said.
It was only recently Chance-Sangthong, who works professionally as an entrepreneur, took up arts and crafts as a hobby. She joked, "I have found I am talking to the fabric."
Once the scarves are all cut out, a note is sewn onto them that reads: "I am not lost. If you're stuck out in the cold, take this scarf to keep you warm." Chance-Sangthong then goes "scarf bombing" around Jacksonville.
She said, "I put most of them out in Riverside where we know homeless people hang out." A scarf was also placed on a bench at a bus stop near her apartment off Blanding Blvd.
Chance-Sangthong said she does not care who finds her scarves and takes them. Her hope is the good deed will warm a few more necks and hearts during the bitterly cold winter season. "There's no guarantee that anything we do will make a difference, but we have to try," she said.
So far, she has made about 15 scarves for the community, but hopes to complete 100. You can make a donation here to contribute to her effort.