The reason behind the movement is heart and body-warming. The practice started in Easton, Pennsylvania, according to ABC News. A Facebook group called “Chase The Chill, the Original” started to dress the trees in their community to help out “those in need—regardless of income and without any qualifiers.”
Typically, the scarf will be paired with a small card containing a brief message, reading something along the lines of “This scarf is not lost. If you are cold and need to keep warm, it is for you…” according to Tip Hero.
The group was founded in 2008 and performed its first “scarf bombing” in Easton in the fall of 2010. The practice has certainly proven to be contagious; Chase the Chill groups are now active in cities across the country. If you’re looking for ways to help the less fortunate this holiday season, here are 9 ways to give to charity without breaking the bank.