Manitoba

Winnipeggers Chase the Chill with hundreds of free scarves in Old Market Square

With a fresh coat of snow on the ground, hundreds of colourful scarves were hung up in Old Market Square Saturday morning to help people chase the chill away.

Annual event helps to warm Manitobans most vulnerable to cold winters

More than 600 scarves hung up in Old Market Square on Saturday morning. (Ron Boileau/CBC)

With a fresh coat of snow on the ground, hundreds of colourful scarves were hung up in Old Market Square Saturday morning to help people chase the chill away.

For the sixth year, an event called Chase the Chill collected scarves for those who are vulnerable to Manitoba's cold winters, for free.

"The crafting community of Winnipeg is very generous," said co-ordinator Ellen Paulley. "So these are the donations and contributions from knitters and crocheting and weavers throughout the city."

The scarves are free to take for anyone who is cold. (Ron Boileau/CBC)
The scarves are hung up throughout the day and whoever needs one is welcome to take it. While the 600 scarves do take a lot of work, Paulley said with multiple volunteers' hands knitting the work flies by.

"Many hands make light work," she said. "We had about 20 people who came down today to help hang all the scarves up, which was really wonderful assistance."

Throughout the year, people drop off scarves at two locations — Wolseley Wool and Ram Wools.

"So whenever you have a scarf you can drop it off and we will add it to the cause," she said.

Chase the Chill was founded in Pennsylvania in 2008 and events take place across North America.

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