Spreading Relief From The Cold

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It all began as a challenge from Faye Adamson’s pastor: go out and make a difference in your neighborhood.

Adamson took that challenge and turned it into a way to help those in need. 

“We are a country of plenty, and there are people out there that you don’t see a lot of ’em in Terre Haute, but they’re there, that need a little extra help,” said Adamson. 

That extra help comes in the form of “Blessing Trees” outside of Adamson’s home, which are decorated with bags filled with socks, scarves, and other warm items to make the winter a bit more bearable.

 Adamsons ays she doesn’t govern who can take fromt the trees, and doesn’t interact with the visitors,a as she wants everyone in need to get help.

“It’s not just the ones living on the street, it’s the ones who have to turn their heating thermostat down, or are living in a camper,” said Adamson. 

There’s proof that Adamson’s “Blessing Trees” are being utilized. 

“I’ve made blanets and put out there, I mean three in one day and now they’re gone.”

Those in need of more than an extra coat or blanket can visit REACH Services on Wednesday night as they open their doors as a temporary warming center.  

“They can eat if they want, come and have coffee, come and have snacks, sit and talk if they want to, and then move on if that’s what they wanna do,” said REACH’s Veteran Services Coordinator Martina Hull. 

Adamson is also aware that not every person in need will fully embrace the help.  

“They’re private, they’re proud people, they’re just like us.”

But for her, it’s less about the recognition, and more about being a good person.

“My dad was a compassionate to people who were less fortunate, and I’m trying to carry that legacy on, and I think he’s looking down and I think he’s proud.”

Adamson says she plans to keep the “Blessing Trees” up year round. 

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