BALDWIN — There have been multiple reports of scarves left hanging on several trees in the downtown Baldwin area.

It is not currently known when or why these incidents began, but eye-witnesses report each scarf bearing a note reading: "I'm not lost! If you need to stay warm, take me. Be warm and help someone else when you can."

It is unknown who is responsible for the random act of nonviolence, but authorities suspect it may have already inspired copycats, who are duplicating the style of this mysterious individual.

"I just thought it was something nice to do, and something I could do too," remarked one Baldwin shop owner after she decided to give away her own free scarves in the same manner as the original individual.

The Lake County Sheriff's Department urges Lake County residents to be on the look out for individuals who may be acting in unusual ways such as spreading Christmas cheer, being kind to their neighbors and giving to those in need.

This individual may be working as part of an organization or on their own. If the person leaving these scarves is spotted, authorities suggest the public thank them, buy them a cup of coffee or attempt to follow their example and do something kind for others.

A LITTLE HOLIDAY HELP: Each scarf has a card attached reading "I'm not lost! If you need to stay warm, take me. Be warm and help someone else when you can." (Star Photo/Brendan Losinski)