If You Spot A Scarf Tied Around A Tree This Year, This Is What It Means

People are leaving scarves wrapped around trees to help the less fortunate.

In the midst of the holiday season, people are starting to get into that happy, heartwarming spirit. They’re thinking less about themselves and their hectic lives and more about what they can do for others or how they can share their joy with the people they love.

One trend that’s been taking the country by storm shows that people are even thinking about complete strangers and trying to come up with a way to make their lives just a little bit better.

People are noticing warm, fuzzy scarves wrapped around trees and light poles all over their hometowns. At first glance, it may seem as if people are just trying to make their towns seem a little more festive and wintery. But that’s not actually the meaning behind these scarves.

The scarves are actually being left on trees and poles for the less fortunate. Living on the streets can be really tough, especially during the cold winter months. So, in order to help out a bit, people are leaving their extra scarves out for the homeless to grab and use to keep warm.

The scarves are often left with small notes explaining to strangers that it’s okay to take them if they feel cold or are in need. One note explains, “I’m not lost. If you find yourself in the cold, take this to keep warm.”

Some people are even opting to use their passions for knitting, crocheting, and sewing to make brand new, homemade scarves for these strangers. Not only do they get to help someone in need, but they also get to hone their skills and passions.

Allegedly, this scarf trend started in Seymour, Indiana. However, it didn’t take long before other cities, states, and even countries started to participate in the project.

For example, the scarf pictured above is hung with a French note that explains, “I am not lost. If you are cold and need me, please take me.” The person who left the scarf also left a reminder that kindness matters in all situations.

While the scarves would primarily help the homeless, they’re not exclusive to the homeless population. Anyone who has left home unprepared for the cold is free to grab one of these warm, fuzzy scarves. After using a scarf, a person can then take it home with them or tie it back up for someone else to use.

It really is a simple yet incredibly kindhearted way to spread comfort, joy, and holiday spirit with complete strangers who may be in need of a little cheering – or warming – up.

Watch the video below to hear one church group’s take on the project.