If you are walking through Downtown Tulsa and see a bag with #ScarfingTulsa, don't throw it away. Two women are behind a two-year movement to pass out crochet scarves to the city's homeless. They tell News On 6 one small act of kindness can make a major impact on someone's life.
"A lot of people assume that the homeless are just asking for money or they are not appreciative and that is not the case at all," said Rebecca Marshall.
When cold rains come down in Tulsa, most people in downtown stay huddled in their warm office buildings, but Marshall is out on the streets.
This is Scarfing Tulsa.
"It was important that I never let anybody feel that way, that they never saw pity or disgust on my face. That it was always just one of love and caring," said Marshall.
You might see bags around town, a scarf inside and a note attached to the front.
"You're loved. You matter. You are important. Have a great day - it may be the only nice thing that they hear," said Marshall.
Marshall’s best friend Amelia Jacobs came up with the idea.
"I just thought that I would hang them up in the middle of the night, if somebody wanted it, great. I didn't know that it would matter so much," said Jacobs.
Jacobs loves to crochet and then they package up the scarves to pass them out to people in need.
"I was a homeless teen mom. I know what it is like to be cold," said Marshall.
In the two years since the women have started this movement, it has grown in unbelievable ways. People are donating material, crocheting blankets and scarves, and family and friends have gotten involved to pass out books, water and granola bars.
"Once I started handing them out- actually putting them on people's necks and talking to people, I see these people now. Once you see them, once you start talking to them, you can't look away," said Jacobs.
Jacobs saw four kids a year ago who were living at a homeless shelter. To this day she is doing all she can to give them the same resources her own children have. A lifelong connection that started because of a crochet scarf.
"It is time for them to get the help and support that they need," said Jacobs. "They need me and we need them."
These two best friends started Scarfing Tulsa, as a simple act of kindness and that simple act has grown into an undeniable lesson for these two.
"You do what you can, with what you have, where you are," said Marshall.
If you would like to help, you can message them on the Facebook Page: Baby Step Treasures and More. You can hashtag #ScarfingTulsa on Facebook or drop off crochet blankets and scarfs at Active Approach Chiropractic in Tulsa at 3701 South Harvard.