Jennifer Brooks was amazed at the scene before her as she strolled through a park in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Warm winter clothing and handmade blankets covered nearby benches, fences, and even trees. Attached to every item was a tag with the same friendly message: “Take me! I’m not lost. I’m yours.”
The Star Tribune journalist took to Twitter in early January, writing, “Anybody know who did this?”
It wasn’t long before she had her answer. This act of kindness was the work of Michelle Ungerman Christensen and her community service group, One Good Deed.
Michelle is best described as someone with a heart of gold. The 49-year-old lives to serve others, so when she heard about “scarf-bombing,” a trending act of kindness that began in Canada, she founded One Good Deed to inspire similar events in her community.
Scarf-bombing is simple: People can indirectly donate pieces of clothing by leaving them in public areas with notes that say they’re for those who find them.
“They offer warmth, comfort, and hope to the recipient,” One Good Deed added. “They’re like a hug and lets them know that someone cares.”
While the group looks for ways to give back year-round, Michelle loved the idea of spreading warmth during the winter. That’s why she and a busload of Good Samaritans took a trip to Loring Park on January 5, 2020.
There, more than 40 volunteers distributed the thousands of items they’d collected and even encouraged some random onlookers to stop and take off their own jackets to contribute!
“Today was magical, amazing, beautiful, and every other word that brings a sweet smile to your face,” Michelle said later. “This awesome group of people brought their best love, kindness, and compassion out to share with those in need of it, both physically and emotionally.”
Neither the turnout nor the impact they made was surprising to Christine Mielke, Michelle’s friend and fellow volunteer.
“When [Michelle] puts her mind to something, she does it,” Christine told The Star Tribute. “There’s not even a question of if it’s going to get done. She knows great people are out there looking for good to be done. She makes it really easy for people to take part.”
We can all learn a thing or two from these incredible people! Thank you, Michelle, for taking care of your neighbors and inspiring everyone to do good.
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