People are leaving out hats and gloves to help the homeless stay warm

People have been leaving hats, gloves, and scarves out for the homeless to help them stay warm during the current snap of cold weather sweeping Britain.

The annual campaign involves people leaving items of clothing tied to posts and railings with a note attached. It’s part of a movement called “Keep Bristol Warm“, which was started by Gavyn Emery in summer 2015 and is run by volunteers from the local community.

The notes all have a similar message written on them:

“I am not lost. If you are in need, please take me to keep warm.”

Since the start of the week, people have been sharing images of the clothing on social media:

On Monday, Keep Bristol Warm shared photos from an evening spent hanging the clothes around the city.

“Tonight we came together and walked together through the centre of Bristol providing warmth to those who need it most,” the post, which was written by Stacey, reads.

“Just in those few hours my hands and feet were numb — I cannot begin to imagine how hard it is to sleep without warmth and shelter each night.

“The temperature is plummeting again this week and people shouldn’t have to suffer this way — homelessness needs to end!”

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