Pennsylvania

Town rallies around Jewish family hit by swastika graffiti

  • In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, shows Esther Cohen-Eskin's garbage can that was defaced with a large swastika and then she repainted as a flower in Havertown, Pa. The neighborhood has rallied around the Jewish family and also painted their trashcans to show their support. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, shows Esther Cohen-Eskin's garbage can that was defaced with a large swastika and then she repainted as a flower in Havertown, Pa. The neighborhood has rallied around the Jewish family and also painted their trashcans to show their support. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 photo, shows Megan Connell's trashcan that she painted to show support for her neighbor who's trashcan were defaced with a large swastika in Havertown, Pa. Esther Cohen-Eskin's painted a flower over the swastika on her garbage can and her neighborhood has rallied around the Jewish family by painting their trashcans in support. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    This Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 photo, shows Megan Connell's trashcan that she painted to show support for her neighbor who's trashcan were defaced with a large swastika in Havertown, Pa. Esther Cohen-Eskin's painted a flower over the swastika on her garbage can and her neighborhood has rallied around the Jewish family by painting their trashcans in support. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 photo, Jenny Farley poses for a photograph with her trashcan she decorated to show support for her neighbor's who's garbage can was defaced with a large swastika in Havertown, Pa. Esther Cohen-Eskin's painted a flower over the swastika on her garbage can and her neighborhood has rallied around the Jewish family by painting their trashcans in support. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 photo, Jenny Farley poses for a photograph with her trashcan she decorated to show support for her neighbor's who's garbage can was defaced with a large swastika in Havertown, Pa. Esther Cohen-Eskin's painted a flower over the swastika on her garbage can and her neighborhood has rallied around the Jewish family by painting their trashcans in support. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (The Associated Press)

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.