Owner of The Taco Stop Emilia Flores wagered that many people were simply looking for reasons to be charitable. A small act of generosity is nothing to give, but it can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
The temperatures in Dallas, Texas, were dipping below freezing, and the homeless in particular were living in dire and sometimes dangerously cold conditions.
Flores’s heart was in the right place when she mounted a large banner outside her taco eatery located in the northwest of Dallas, on Irving Boulevard, for the first time in 2015. It went up again in December the following year. The banner read:
“Are you cold? Take one. Do you want to help? Leave one.”
Come have some 🌮🌮🌮🌮’s! Bring a coat or two!Support your local taqueria in this weather and support your community by…
Good morning Design District! Great neighborhood Wonderful Patrons: keep them coming!Now over 70 coats and sweaters donated and taken
Under the banner, Flores had placed a long coat rack with plenty of coat hangers. She was certain that locals making a winter taco run would go out of their way to donate a spare winter coat that was just collecting dust in their closet. She guessed right.
Flores told local media CBSDFW that she originally got the idea from Mexico.
She shared, “This is a way of people not being embarrassed about asking,” Flores shared, per Inspiremore. “They just come and pick what they need and leave.” The right gesture is always the thoughtful one.
“I think people are hungry for ways to be kind and generous,” she adds. “I didn’t know if it would catch on but it has.”
Many patrons of The Taco Stop left their coats, which were given a second life when a needy stranger found them almost like finding treasure.
Upsettingly, the entire rack had been stolen four times the first year. Each time, they managed to restock it.
Of course, truly great ideas often catch on and spread.
There were other business proprietors who, like Flores predicted, had a hunger to spread kindness in their communities. Power House Gym also accepted coat drop-offs at their fitness facility. They put up a sign of their own, which read:
“It won’t work if you don’t wear it. Cold? Take one.”
Our hearts are full and so is our coat rack! Heartfelt thanks to the Senior group at First United Methodist Church Richardson for the 75 coats and the kindness! @firstunitedmethodistchurchrichardson
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Power House Gym trainer Jessica Garcia said, via Inspiremore, “It’s such a small gesture to us but it is something that can be the biggest thing and the thing that somebody needed that day.”
“It’s something so small to us, but can be the biggest thing that someone needed that day,” she said.
Throughout the winter, another business, Noble Brewery, also kept a donation station in front of their establishment.
“It took off right away,” said Flores in an interview with CBSDFW. Her assumption was right; people wanting to help people in need was a good wager indeed.