A Jewish woman in suburban Philadelphia woke up last week to a spray-painted swastika on her trash bin — and now her neighbors and hundreds of strangers from across the world are rallying to support her by painting their garbage cans with flowers, hearts, birds and butterflies.
The woman, artist Esther Cohen-Eskin, painted over the swastika with flowers. She then put letters in mailboxes asking her neighbors to paint their trash bins as well, turning symbols of hate into symbols of love.
People across Havertown responded, decorating their bins with foxes, flowers, and words like “love” and “unity.”
And after word spread online, strangers from as far away as Canada, Ireland and Germany sent Cohen-Eskin messages of support and pictures of bins they painted thousands of miles away.