Dallas Taco Stand Offers Free Coats For Those Without

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Northwest of downtown Dallas, a small eatery called The Taco Stop is serving more than just delicious tacos. According to WFAA, owner Emilia Flores felt inspired by free coat racks she saw set up in small towns in Mexico. She decided to set up her own rack complete with donated coats, sweaters, hats, scarves and jackets to help keep those in need warm for the winter. People are welcome to take what they need and leave any goods they would like to donate.

“They can just come and get them. And they don’t have to ask or feel embarrassed about it. And I think that’s a great thing,” Flores told Fox 4. So far, it’s been a resounding success.

Flores began the tradition last year, and people were ready to contribute this year when winter came around. One might wonder if she ever noticed anyone taking more than they needed. Flores says that last year, there were four incidents where all of the coats were taken at once. Fortunately, there were so many people willing to give that the stock was replenished quickly.

“In small ways you can actually make a difference,” Flores told WFAA. “And this year particularly I thought that the world is so polarized and the country is so polarized, it’s just another reminder that it takes very little to make life easier for people.”