A scarf that warms the heart of a homeless young man

Ottawa Citizen

Shlomo Coodin didn’t take the grey scarf he saw tied to a pole on a corner at the edge of the ByWard Market Sunday, but the note attached did bring a smile to his face.

“I am not lost,” it read. “If you need these to stay warm please take them. Stay warm, and do something to help someone else today if you can.” The note was signed with a smiley face.

Coodin, a 20-year-old homeless youth who works to bring awareness to youth mental illness and homelessness, was heading to the drop-in lunch at the Youth Services Bureau when he noticed the scarf and note. It was on a pole right next to the Ottawa Mission. He was so touched by the gesture that he took a photograph.

Coodin already has a scarf, he said, so he didn’t need an extra one to stay warm, but it warmed him…

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About tjmcfee

Freelance writer. Activist on homeless issues. 48 years old. I write about subjects that need to be examined closely and thoughtfully. The idea for Brain Sections came from reading a book about abandoned asylums. I wanted to set a suspense story in that setting. The inclusion of crazed scientists turning homeless people into zombies is what makes the story unique. View all posts by tjmcfee

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