FARGO — Local businesses and patrons will again be helping others fend off the cold this holiday season.

The Downtown Community Partnership has launched the third annual Warm Hands, Warm Hearts campaign.

Participating businesses put up a holiday tree and encourage people to adorn them with donated winter gear for others to take as needed.

“We are a community that cares for our neighbors and lends a helping hand. This program, supported by so many of our partners, is evidence of that,” said Cindy Graffeo, Executive Director of the Downtown Community Partnership.

Acceptable items to donate are new or gently used hats, scarves, gloves, mittens and socks for people of all ages.

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The program was inspired by Heidi Holland, owner of two Beans Coffee Bar locations in Fargo, and was started at a third Beans location downtown that recently closed due to a downturn from the COVID-19 pandemic, she said.

Holland said she was alarmed by the number of people downtown who were homeless and in need of help and decided she should do something.

The goal is that the items are for "give and take," she said, and that the trees are not just a donation spot.

She hopes people who know of others who could use a warm pair of gloves or socks will distribute them accordingly.

Any overflow donations of winter wear will be handed out at area shelters.

Other partners in Warm Hands, Warm Hearts include the FM Coalition to End Homelessness, Homeless Health Services, Business Improvement District and Gladys Ray Shelter.

Where to find a tree

  • Beans Coffee Bar, 5675 26th Ave. S. (just off Veterans Boulevard) and 2550 S. University Drive.
  • Radisson Blu, 201 5th St. N.
  • Sandy’s Donuts, 300 Broadway N.
  • The Silver Lining Creamery, 123 Broadway N.
  • Downtown Community Partnership/BID (Skyway Commons Lobby), 207 4th St.
  • CSM, 342 42nd St. S.