01/28/2014 06:04 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

It's Cold, But This Gesture For D.C.'s Homeless Warmed Our Hearts

Earlier this month, Danika Oriol-Morway felt sad when she passed a pile of dirty, frozen blankets strewn on the ground in McPherson Square in Washington, D.C.

The 29-year-old graduate student from Cambridge, Mass., was on her way to the bus stop on Jan. 7 when she first noticed the mess. She watched a man pick up the blankets and throw them into a big trash can. He was dressed like a city worker, Oriol-Morway told The Huffington Post in an email, but she wasn't sure who he was.

"It was incredibly cold," she told HuffPost. "I just hoped that whoever had been using those blankets was inside somewhere."

But the next day, while on the same route, Oriol-Morway discovered that the blankets hadn't been thrown away after all. Instead, they'd been cleaned, folded and placed on a nearby bench.

She took a picture of the scene and posted it to Facebook -- a friend later put the picture on Reddit:


"It just made me smile," Oriol-Morway told HuffPost. "I appreciated that this person's stuff was actually taken care of and not just thrown away."



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