OUTSIDE THE FORMER St. Lawrence Church, where parishioners once ascended steps to front doors opening under a banner WELCOME sign, those in need find a warm welcome.
A handwritten sign invites them to take whatever they wish to stay warm. A hat. A scarf. Mittens. The winter neck, head and hand wear drapes benches and hangs clipped to clothesline rope.
But this is much more than a give-away by The Nook and Cranny, the boutique/gift shop/craft center housed inside the former church. I view this as an act of kindness, care and compassion extended to my community.
Faribault is not a city of wealth. Rather, we are a primarily blue collar community, home to many immigrants, a place where people work hard and often struggle to make ends meet. But we are also a generous community—supportive of fundraisers, volunteering, giving to charities, helping our neighbors…
And here, in the deep of winter, one business located along one of Faribault’s busiest streets at 725 Second Avenue Northwest, reaches out, warming heads, hands and hearts. I can’t help but think that St. Lawrence, the patron saint of the poor, would be pleased.
© Copyright 2020 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
What a wonderful community 🌿
We try. And thank you.
I’ve seen the hat and gloves hanging outside this church but didn’t know they were available to take if needed. I love that idea.
I have been in Nooks & Crannies. It’s a fun shop.
Thank you for shopping at The Nook and Cranny. Lots of interesting offerings there and, yes, a fun shop.
I enjoyed your articles; Faribault sure can use all these positive ideas and activities and be recognized! I am a member of Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church and appreciated all your info regarding our Community Christmas Dinner. Keep up the good work.
Thank you, Shari. Fourth Avenue United Methodist is certainly doing its part to reach out to the wider Faribault community. I always enjoy my time at your church.
I have seen this idea in many places and think it is just the most wonderful thing. To have a business do it and promote warmth and love is truly heart warming. Plus the Little Free Library — the perfect setting to share warmth and books as well. Good on ya, Nook and Cranny!
Thank you, Beth Ann, for your kind words about The Nook and Cranny. And, yes, like you, I’ve seen this done previously, including in Faribault.
What a sweet thing to do! ❤
Yes, it is.
Love this idea! Really glad your community is so generous.
I love this
Yes, it’s great. Unfortunately, I noticed while driving by The Nook and Cranny yesterday that one of the benches was tipped over and the winter gear was lying in the puddling, melting snow. The act seems intentional given the sturdiness of the bench.
It is. The local newspaper published this post on Saturday, as they have several of my stories (with my permission). So I can’t help but think someone read the article and didn’t like something and tipped the bench. Or maybe it was just some kid walking by… Whatever the reason or whoever did this, it’s senseless.