Acts of Kindness: Arlington Woman Warming Hearts One Colorful Scarf at a Time
By Kate McGuire
Posted on September 06, 2018, September 06, 2018

100 handmade scarves

Sherry Hall has lovingly created nearly 100 handmade scarves over the past four years and distributed them with the help of her son, Tyler Sowers, to bring a bit of warmth and kindness to people in Arlington.

Ever spot a colorful, crocheted scarf wrapped around a tree or light pole in Downtown? For the past four years, longtime Arlington resident Sherry Hall has lovingly created nearly 100 of these handmade gifts and distributed them with the help of her son to bring a bit of warmth and kindness to those in need on cold and blustery days.

Hall's thoughtful community project started, she said, after her mother gave her a stash of yarn and taught her how to crochet. After making scarves for all her friends and family, Hall said she started looking for other ways to share her creations. When the weather begins turning cold, Hall and her son, Tyler Sowers, leave the scarves near places such as Mission Arlington and the Arlington Life Shelter, where they may come in handy for those on the streets.

"I am thinking of the times we have seen folks come up and take a scarf and wear it as they walk away. I hope that it gives them a sense of not only physical warmth, but a feeling of knowing that they are cared for," Hall said. "Life is hard, and we all face challenges at times. I hope the scarves are a reminder that there is love and light in a sometimes-dark season of life."

Hall, who is an author and also works for the Arlington Independent School District, said she churns out the bulk of the scarves during her summer vacation. During the rest of the year, she completes one to two more scarves per week. So far this year, Hall said she and her son have dozens of scarves ready to distribute when the temperature drops.

"This has been a way to spend some quality time together that I will always cherish," Hall shared.

The City of Arlington, which launched a Kindness Initiative last year, applauds Hall and other community volunteers who selflessly give to make The American Dream City a kinder place to live, work, play and learn.

Want to learn more about Hall's project? Check out her new Facebook page, "Yarn Across Arlington," and follow her story. Maybe you'll be inspired to join in on her mission to warm our community too!

People are encouraged to report acts of kindness that they perform, witness or were the recipient of through the City's Ask Arlington mobile app, on the Acts of Kindness website, or by posting on social media using #ArlingtonKindness and @CityofArlington.

Click here to read more about Acts of Kindness occurring throughout The American Dream City.

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