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"Walls Of Kindness" Are Popping Up Across Iran To Help The Homeless

"If you don't need it, leave it. If you need it, take it."

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"Walls of Kindness" are popping up in cities across Iran for people to leave clothing for the poor or homeless.

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The first wall sprung up in the north-eastern city of Mashhad, according to the BBC, where hooks were placed on a wall with the sign "If you don't need it, leave it. If you need it, take it."

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The man behind the project, who wishes to remain anonymous, told local newspaper Hamshahri he's happy the idea has taken off: "I've told [people] to bring clothes in small quantities so that those who come here know that clothes are always available."

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According to Radio Free Europe, Walls of Kindness have since sprung up in the cities of Sirjan and Shiraz.

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With winter temperatures plummeting and a stagnant economy, the need for clothing donations is high. According to the Guardian, there are at least 15,000 people homeless in Iran's capital Tehran alone.

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"We need to do it ourselves," this Instagram user wrote. "Life is too short. Be kind as much as you can."

Instagram: @delara_nemati

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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