‘Scarf Bomb­ing’ tra­di­tion con­tin­ues

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - NEWS - CHRIS AB­BOTT

Con­sid­er­ing the colder tem­per­a­tures this week, the tim­ing is per­fect for Talk Till­son­burg’s an­nual Scarf Day in Till­son­burg Satur­day.

Vol­un­teers will be leav­ing scarves, toques, mit­tens and some chil­dren’s win­ter wear in front of the Till­son­burg Town Cen­tre mall at 200 Broad­way, on Satur­day, Jan. 12, at 8 a.m., each with the same mes­sage at­tached.

“If you are cold, I am warm! Take me down and take me home!”

It will be the sixth Scarf Bomb­ing in Till­son­burg, a tra­di­tion started five years ago by Talk Till­son­burg’s Cathy Ryan and friends.

Most of the items were do­nated, in­clud­ing some hand­made, but some were also pur­chased through fundrais­ing ef­forts for the event.

Nicole Tait will be co-or­di­nat­ing the vol­un­teers Satur­day. “She (Tait) has been there every year with her son. She’s the one who is tak­ing charge. I have to de­liver ev­ery­thing tonight (Thurs­day),” said Ryan. “I’d say there’s prob­a­bly 50-plus items. Heather Cnock­aert brought me two boxes and a bag of stuff they col­lected at Sobeys. Melissa Jus­tus do­nated a huge suit­case full of items. And I bought stuff from the fundrais­ing money (in­clud­ing 10 to 12 baby hats). And a few other peo­ple do­nated - I’m pick­ing up an­other set tonight. It’s a lot of hand­made hats and scarves. I’d say there’s enough to fill a cou­ple ham­pers.” Snow squalls hit some ar­eas of south­ern On­tario Wed­nes­day and con­tin­ued Thurs­day as frigid air moved into the re­gion. While it could be milder next week, the re­gion’s Satur­day and Sun­day highs are ex­pected to be -5 C and -4 C ac­cord­ing to The Weather Net­work, fall­ing to -9 and -11 C overnight.

The event was pushed back a few weeks this year for two rea­sons – mild weather in De­cem­ber and a need for more do­na­tions. “I wanted to make sure we had lots to give out, like we did every year,” said Ryan, “and I think we reached that point. There’s a fair amount of stuff. It’s cold now, which is a bonus.

“Be­ing our fifth year, and the sixth time we’ve done it, when peo­ple see the stuff up they know what it is now. They ba­si­cally know it’s ‘the Scarf Bomb­ing’ again.”

The idea for it came from see­ing it hap­pen in Wood­stock and Brant­ford, said Ryan.

“I saw them do it and thought, ‘That’s fan­tas­tic, we should do that. Why not? Our com­mu­nity can do that.’ And luck­ily it’s been a suc­cess every year. We do it in the same spot every year and the mall has al­ways been co­op­er­a­tive.”

Peo­ple of all ages have been tak­ing

It’s cold, grab it and use it! That’s what it’s for.”

Cathy Ryan

the hats, mitts and scarves. “Peo­ple aren’t afraid to grab them,” Ryan smiled. “That’s what they are there for, that’s what it’s for. Help your­self. That’s why we put it there, we want them to take stuff and use it. And it’s al­ways nice stuff.

“It’s cold, grab it and use it! That’s what it’s for.”

CHRIS AB­BOTT/POST­MEDIA NET­WORK FILE PHOTO

The an­nual Talk Till­son­burg Scarf Bomb­ing hap­pens Satur­day on Broad­way in front of The Till­son­burg Town Cen­tre at 8 a.m.

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