- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - The snowmen in a Mason City neighborhood are decked out in colorful scarves, a project that brightens the otherwise monochrome landscape but has a deeper purpose.

Eight members of Trinity Lutheran Church, ranging in age from 11 to nearly 90, made 24 scarves. Some of the group’s members went out on Saturday and put the scarves around snowmen and draped them on trees.

The point is for anyone who needs a scarf for warmth to take one - and it’s good timing, with bitterly cold temperatures forecast for the rest of the week.

A sign on the church lawn says: “Sharing the warmth of God’s love,” the Mason City Globe Gazette (https://bit.ly/1hOYQTO ) reported.

The idea came from a church group that knits prayer shawls. They decided to make scarves to use leftover yarn.

Fran Cates, a member of the prayer shawl group, read an article about “yarn bombing” in which people use yarn to decorate places in their town.

Becky Elsbernd, parish nurse at Trinity, said the scarves “bring some color and cheer to our community,” as well as provide warmth to those who take them home.

Elsbernd’s children, along with Jane Billings, one of the prayer shawl knitters, made some snowmen - using chunks of frozen snow left behind by snowplows - on the church lawn on Saturday so the scarves could be displayed.

Billings said the snow didn’t pack well, so they had to use chunks of frozen snow left behind by the snowplows.

The group would like to enlarge the project by making some snowmen in the courtyard at the Good Shepherd Health Center, a local nursing home, and putting scarves on them. A few of the scarves are already gone, but they will be replaced.

“We have people making more scarves as we speak,” Billings said.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/


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