Pair of good Samaritans in Coeur d'Alene give back

A pair of good Samaritans are leaving behind bags of generosity, all to keep homeless people warm.

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho --- A pair of good Samaritans in Coeur d’Alene are looking to help keep homeless people warm during the winter.

The Giving Rail was created to give away free hand-made scarves to those in need.

This is the second year in a row that the good Samaritans, Coleen Jaspers and Andy Howerton, tied bags to rails for homeless people to pick up.


For them, it was simply to help those who needed warmth.

“It’s a way to give back. Because as we said earlier there’s so much mayhem,” Jaspers said.

It all started a year ago.

Jaspers said she got the idea from a Facebook post that showed people who were doing something similar on the east coast.

She said that because she has knitted her whole life she thought why not knit.

“Andy learned how to knit so he could do this,” Jaspers said.

It was about that time Howerton joined the cause.

“There’s a Zen quality about it I like,” Howerton said.

Howerton said that once in his life he too needed a helping hand.

“I’m a recovering addict and alcoholic and it helps to keep the madness on my head at bay so to speak,” Howerton said.

They spend about 400 hours knitting the pieces of clothing.

They said they will continue to leave these warm gifts through the cold months.

For the both of them, they said there is one reason to give back.

And you can feel the warmth of these gifts, right on the bag.

“I am not lost. If you need me to keep warm, I am yours. Be warm, be happy and share kindness where ever you are,” Jaspers said.




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