This is What Mexicans Are Doing to Help People During Winter.



Are you cold? Take one.
Want to help? Put one.

(Community) – It is simple; yet, effective. Sharing a coat or two with people who during Winter might be out in the streets feeling the harsh cold. Mexicans are doing just that by bringing coats they don’t use and hanging them on a designated wall, right in front of the public, visible and accessible to everyone.

A wall with hooks specially made so that the coats stay in and can be taken out by anybody who needs them. Some also bring shoes, scarves, and blankets.

A wall with a large announcement that reads:

Are you cold? Take one.
Want to help? Put one.

The “Tienes frío? Toma uno. ¿Quieres Ayudar? Pon uno” initiative became popular in 2015. One could find one of these walls across Mexican cities and towns such as Reynosa, Matamoros, Cananea, Hermosillo, Ensenada, Los Mochis, Guadalajara, Tepic, Veracruz, Mexico City, DF, and other central and southern towns.  

I saw one in San Cristobal de las Casas, and it warmed up my heart because it shows that Mexicans care and that regardless of whatever is going on in Mexico, people are able to have empathy.

It is so far unknown to me who started this genius idea, or if other countries have been doing the same. The little I know is that the initiative was started by “Mensajeros Urbanos” a group of Millennials who believe in altruism, and in taking actions to a better world.

The campaign was spread out via Facebook, and for some wonderful reasons it resonated with Mexicans, from regular citizens to important civic and governmental organizations such as DIF, The Rotary Club, even a group of journalists, and more.

Are you cold? Take one.
Want to help? Put one.

The aiming is unpretentious. It is giving without getting credit, receiving without being patronized. It is contagious and many organizations put themselves out there to get people into action. It is obvious that people experience the power of giving and having an immediate effect on others, and that thank you is unnecessary.

Hope this continues in 2016. If you are doing this wall in Mexico please share location, pictures, and anecdotes. If you live in the United States or any country and would like to start something like this, just do it! -and let us know.

It is the Take One, Put One campaign that helps everybody help.

This man made a large signed and hanged it on a wall adyacent to his parents home, to help people who might need a coat to protect them from the harsh winter.

Content by Lupita Peimbert. @Lupitanews
Photos published in different newspapers across Mexico.
#Losmochis #ElDebate @Sin FrioDF  #Sinfrio #MensajerosUrbanos #ClubRotario #Lupitanews 

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