One college student is helping the homeless by hanging free coats on light posts

People Are Leaving Coats Around Cities To Keep The Homeless Warm

Little acts of kindness always go a long way! Much like this similar case in the U.K. in the video above, one college student is helping out the homeless in anyway she can.

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During a trip to any Goodwill store, you are sure to grab some affordable finds for yourself. However, if you are Gabby Kaper, you're not grabbing for yourself, but those in need.

The 20-year-old college student decided to purchase five coats during the Goodwill's "dollar deal Monday" and did something amazing with them.

According to TODAY.com, Kaper decided to go around downtown Portland, Maine, and tape all the coats on random light posts throughout the city for anyone who may need one. Along with the coat, she left the following note: "I am not lost! Please take me if you need me!"



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On her way back to her car, she noticed someone was taking one of the coats down and approached the stranger, giving the locations of the other coats as well, she told TODAY.com.


It wasn't long for others to notice the coats, including a local journalist who posted photos of the coats to share on social media.

Just noticed these jackets in downtown Portland. Nice to see people doing good this holiday season!

Posted by Grady Trimble on Monday, November 30, 2015


Kaper had said in later posts that only $5 could help someone's day, and encourages others to do the same.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: A homeless woman rests while panhandling along Eighth Avenue in Manhattan on May 18, 2015 in New York City. As many parts of once seedy New York City have been transformed into family and shopping friendly environments, 8th Avenue near the Port Authority bus station is one of the last hold-outs to old gritty Manhattan. Last week a man was shot by police after he attacked numerous people with a hammer along a stretch of the street. There is a high police presence along the street and fights and arrests for vagrancy are common. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: A homeless man sleeps under an American Flag blanket on a park bench on September 10, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. As of June 2013, there were an all-time record of 50,900 homeless people, including 12,100 homeless families with 21,300 homeless children homeless in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 6: Pedestrians walk by a homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk by a grate in the middle of the day, on May 6, 2015 in New York, N.Y. New York City has a large homeless population. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: A homeless teen panhandles on a street near Eighth Avenue in Manhattan on May 18, 2015 in New York City. As many parts of once seedy New York City have been transformed into family and shopping friendly environments, 8th Avenue near the Port Authority bus station is one of the last hold-outs to old gritty Manhattan. Last week a man was shot by police after he attacked numerous people with a hammer along a stretch of the street. There is a high police presence along the street and fights and arrests for vagrancy are common. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Housing activists march from Zuccotti Park to New York City's City Hall to demand more affordable housing options for the homeless and poor on September 17, 2015 in New York City. Today also marks the four year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: A homeless man pauses along Eighth Avenue in Manhattan on May 18, 2015 in New York City. As many parts of once seedy New York City have been transformed into family and shopping friendly environments, 8th Avenue near the Port Authority bus station is one of the last hold-outs to old gritty Manhattan. Last week a man was shot by police after he attacked numerous people with a hammer along a stretch of the street. There is a high police presence along the street and fights and arrests for vagrancy are common. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: A man panhandles for money and food on April 7, 2015 in New York City. A new report was released today from 'Homes for Every New Yorker' a coalition of activist groups that makes recommendations for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to fight homelessness in the city. The report , which was unveiled at City Hall, advocates that the mayor put aside 10 percent of all units in his affordable housing plan for shelter residents, raise the minimum wage and invest in programs to prevent tenants from falling into homelessness. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: A person in economic difficulty holds a homemade sign asking for money along a Manhattan street on December 4, 2013 in New York City. According to a recent study by the by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, New York City's homeless population increased by 13 percent at the beginning of this year. Despite an improving local economy, as of last January an estimated 64,060 homeless people were in shelters and on the street in New York. Only Los Angeles had a larger percentage increase than New York for large cities. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: A homeless man pauses along Eighth Avenue in Manhattan on May 18, 2015 in New York City. As many parts of once seedy New York City have been transformed into family and shopping friendly environments, 8th Avenue near the Port Authority bus station is one of the last hold-outs to old gritty Manhattan. Last week a man was shot by police after he attacked numerous people with a hammer along a stretch of the street. There is a high police presence along the street and fights and arrests for vagrancy are common. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: A homeless man rests in a pew at a Times Square church, where some area homeless take refuge from the cold on December 12, 2013 in New York City. New York and much of New England has been experiencing freezing temperatures with snow expected this weekend. According to a recent study by the by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, New York City's homeless population increased by 13 percent at the beginning of this year. Despite an improving local economy, as of last January an estimated 64,060 homeless people were in shelters and on the street in New York. Only Los Angeles had a larger percentage increase than New York for large cities. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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