Faye and Michael Williams, a mother and son duo, left 30 tuques on downtown light poles for people that needed them. The hats were placed in Ziploc bags and then attached to light poles with string.
Faye says the need for something like this hit her a few days ago.
“I was outside the other day clearing off my truck and I had run out without hat and mittens and everything on. And it wasn't more than two minutes that I was running back in for them. And it just got me thinking, what do people do if they just can't run back in and get them?” she said.
Faye came across similar ideas on Facebook, so she asked the city for permission and it said yes. It also took things one step further and notified its crews to let the hats stay put.
The decision was a no-brainer for the city, says public works manager Paul Johnston.
“It's a very good initiative, a nice initiative on behalf of somebody. I've seen little similar things in some other communities and nice to see someone here in Charlottetown, whether it's picking it up or an idea they simultaneously had on their own doing that for the community,” he said.
Williams wanted to use the project to teach Michael about giving back, and hopes adults learned something from it.
“Not living in a bubble and knowing that everybody matters, and everybody feels the same as everyone else does and people get cold,” she said.
Johnston says that other people who want to do a similar campaign should get in touch with the city beforehand to ensure the gifts are left up.
Michael enjoyed performing this act of kindness.
“I really like helping people,” he said.