A Good Samaritan has been hanging coats and scarves for the needy on trees in Boston Common — a gesture that's warming the hearts of passersby.

Mittens, gloves, socks and earmuffs also have been draped on trees downtown.

The Boston Globe reports that a note placed near the clothing this week reads: "I am not lost. If you are stuck out in the cold, please take what you need to keep warm."

Bostonians like Lisa McEachern say they're touched by the gesture and feel inspired to add to the collection.

The city's Parks Department says it plans to leave the items where they are as long as they're not damaging trees.

A woman in Portland, Maine, started a similar campaign, taping coats to light poles.