Project Keep Hellertown Warm Launches, Scarves Available to Those in Need

Credit: Jessica Schwickrath

Th first donated scarves, hats and gloves collected by Project Keep Hellertown Warm were hung on a section of fence by the Water Street rail trail crossing in Hellertown Sunday by A Furry Tail Come True owner Jessica Schwickrath. There is also a sign on the fence that explains the project.

Have you driven by the Water Street rail trail crossing in Hellertown since Sunday and wondered why there are scarves, winter hats and gloves tied to the fence and gate there?

Those items are there for a reason, and it’s called Project Keep Hellertown Warm.

The project is dedicated to making scarves, hats, gloves and mittens easily available to individuals and families in need in our area–and with your help it will make a difference.

The items are left outside in the elements so individuals who need them can easily retrieve them. There’s no need to go to a social services agency or explain ‘why’ to someone who might pass judgment.

By leaving them outside, they also serve as a visible reminder to passers-by that not everyone has the warm clothing many of us take for granted.

To contribute items to Project Keep Hellertown Warm, please drop them off at one of the locations listed below, where dropoff boxes can be found.

Please also join the Facebook group for PKHW, where we’ll announce the next scheduled visit to tie items to the fence.


  1. Won’t these items get wet if they’re left outside? A: Yes, the items will be exposed to rain and snow, but the sun and wind will help dry them naturally. Those in need will still benefit from them once they take them home.
  2. Are they for homeless people? I don’t think there are many homeless people in the area. A: These items are for anyone who needs them–including homeless people–no questions asked.
  3. Do you have permission to do this? A: Yes, the borough of Hellertown gave Saucon Source permission to use this section of the fence for the project through Feb. 28, 2018. At that time any remaining items will be collected and repurposed (if possible) for donation to a local nonprofit organization.

DROP-OFF LOCATIONS (more locations may be added)

  • A Furry Tail Come True, 26 Main St., Hellertown, PA
  • Doggy Dao & Cat’s Meow, 1238 Main St., Hellertown, PA
  • H&R Block, 13 Main St., Hellertown, PA
  • Hellertown Area Library, 409 Constitution Ave., Hellertown, PA
  • Hellertown Bakery, 612 Main St., Hellertown, PA
  • Kindred Spirits Books & Gifts, 66 W. Water St., Hellertown, PA

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About Josh Popichak
Josh Popichak

Josh Popichak is a journalist and publisher who is passionate about providing an open online platform and advocating for independent, local news. He has covered news--first in print, later online--in the Saucon Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania since 2005. In addition to writing extensively about local issues, he uses Facebook, Instagram and other social media to help personalize and broaden awareness of topics affecting the communities he covers. He also manages the Facebook pages for several local businesses as part of his business, Saucon Source LLC. He is a 1999 graduate of Bates College, where he was a history major and arts editor for the student newspaper.

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