Photo of a wall with clothes hanging on it

Faced with cold weather and a troubled economic situation, Iranians are organising spontaneous outdoor charity drives.

But the “walls of kindness” appearing in major Iranian cities have also generated a debate online about efforts to help the poor.

The idea seems to have started in the north-eastern city of Mashhad, where someone installed a few hooks and hangers on a wall, next to the words: “If you don’t need it, leave it. If you need it, take it.” Donations of coats, trousers and other warm clothing started to appear.

The person who initially set up what came to be known as the “wall of kindness” wishes to remain anonymous, according to a local newspaper. But the idea quickly spread to other cities, fuelled by thousands of Iranians on social media.

Photo of a wall with clothes hanging on it

full article at The BBC