Crittenton Services helping people stay warm this winter


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    If you've driven down Chapline Street near OVMC, you may have noticed clothes and some notes hanging on the side of the road with a message -- "Stay Warm Wheeling."

    A few residents of Crittenton Services are behind the movement.

    Their leadership council wanted a way to give back to the community that offers them so much support.

    “Our girls have been super thankful for the community support that we've received from all their Christmas presents. It just started with a little idea to give back to the community and show that they're grateful,” said Rachael Valentine, activities director, Crittenton Services.

    So, the girls decided to hang things like coats, gloves, hats, and other winter items on the bridge to be free for the taking.

    And they added a special touch, writing small notes of encouragement for those who need it.

    “I think it's some level of surprise, too, that these are teenage girls that have been through things that we can't even imagine, just doing something so little. They don't want anything from it. They just want to give back,” therapist Ashlee Jividen said.

    People have quickly taken advantage of the warm clothes with the temperatures dropping.

    The organization is still accepting donations so they can continue to pay it forward.

    “All public donations are welcome, and you can drop it off at Crittenton Services in Elm Grove. In the first couple of hours of us hanging this stuff, it was gone. We didn't expect it to go so big,” Valentine said.

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