NEWPORT – One kind gesture can go a long way. That’s what Pam Newcomb has learned by creating what she calls a “giving line” outside her home in Newport.
“I think it’s important to help the community any time, not just during these times,” Newcomb said. “I think right now, everybody’s looking for something to help other people.”
The purpose of this is to help keep those in need warm this winter.
The items on the clothes line range from hats to gloves and scarves.
“I thought there was a need in the area. I had some hats and mittens and scarves that I had made,” Newcomb said. “When I decided to do this, I contacted some friends and neighbors, and they’ve all contributed and helped.”
“It’s always been part of my values. It’s always been part of Pam’s values to give where we can, and it’s really part of the spirit of Maine to help out one another and community members,” said Kate Pickle, Pam’s friend for over 20 years. “People aren’t always willing or able to ask. This is a great way for them to get the help that they may need without having to ask for it.”
Que Tolefree works nearby, but he and his family recently lost their home to a fire in Dover-Foxcroft. When he learned of the “giving line,” he went to get items to stay warm.
“They gave me this Patriots hat, a pair of gloves,” Tolefree said. “It’s a beautiful thing that Maine is sharing the love.”
Newcomb said between 20 and 50 items are taken from the line each day, and others have added to it.
“Some people have hung things directly on the line, which is great,” Newcomb said. “We ask that it’s either new or freshly washed before they hang. If there’s no clothes pins, they are welcome to bring their own or leave them for us, and we’ll put them up as there’s empty slots.”
The giving line is located at 17 High Street.
It will be up all winter, and they hope to continue doing this for years to come.