Iran Helps Its Poor Through ‘Kindness Walls’

It all started with some hangers on a wall.

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In times of economic despair with a cold winter on its way, the people of Iran have started a new trend to help the poor. “Kindness walls” are being erected in public areas for those in need of coats, jeans, and dresses, all free and donated by other locals. The first wall of kindness appeared in the city of Mashhad, with a few hooks and hangers placed on a wall, alongside the words: “If you don’t need it, leave it. If you need it, take it.”

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The kindness started with clothing, but now some businesses have created refrigerators of kindness where the hungry can get a bite to eat. One bakery has put out a box full of bread with a sign that reads, “Bread is free for those who can’t pay.”

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(H/T The Guardian)