ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) - Now that "Old Man Winter" has really made it to northeast Ohio, one city is spreading the warmth.
As part of "Compassion Week" Elyria residents are hanging up their hats and gloves, right in Ely Square.
Hundreds of scarves, hats, gloves and even coats cover the benches in the park---people left them there for others to find.
"I was over here to visit with my sister and I seen them hanging in the trees and I thought this is wonderful, it's just really great," said Annette Meyers
Non-profit group "Invest Elyria" started the drive Monday and encouraged volunteers to come hang warm weather items in the square---they'll be there for the homeless or those who really need them.
Many of the items have pink tags that say: "I'm not lost, if you need this to stay warm, please take it, be warm and do something nice to help someone today---Invest Elyria."
"I said, I have a day off today and I'm on my way to Walmart right now. I want to buy something and put it on the tree," said Pat Schnell.
Organizers have been using social media to get the word out but there's no better visual than the pops of colors warming Ely Square.
Annette was so moved she stuck some money in one of the little jackets.
"This little fella here, whoever finds this is just gonna love this. I'm so happy this ended up this way," she said.
There's still have time to drop off gently used cold weather gear. They're accepting donations at Ely Square through Thursday, Feb. 18.
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