Trees have started growing coats. And hats. And mittens.

Winter clothes have mysteriously appeared in trees around Detroit Lakes,

Several locations around Detroit Lakes have had coats show up on their trees. The coats are left on hangers on low branches, with little notes saying "take me," or "if u can use, please take."

"It just appeared yesterday," Shelly Knudsen, an assistant manager at Dairy Queen, said Thursday. Two infant coats, in purple and pink, hang on the tree to the right of the DQ entrance on Holmes Street East. "I don't know who put it there."

Knudsen said that all of the employees there have noticed and been talking about the coats. They haven't heard any comments from customers yet.

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"I think it's a great thing that's happening," she said. "Hopefully somebody can use them."

The two coats at DQ aren't the first ones to be seen. A yellow coat was also spotted in front of the county building on Thursday, Dec. 19. It's unsure who hung this coat up as well, but the handwriting on the notes look similar.

Little notes are affixed to the coats that have been seen in trees around Detroit Lakes. (Composite photo by J.J. Perry and Desiree Bauer / Tribune)
Little notes are affixed to the coats that have been seen in trees around Detroit Lakes. (Composite photo by J.J. Perry and Desiree Bauer / Tribune)

Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd wasn't aware that these coats were being hung up when contacted on Thursday, Jan. 9. His response to it was positive, saying that it was "a good thing to hear."

"The more we can have of that in the community is a good thing," he said.

From a legal standpoint, Todd said it would take a complaint from someone or an issue with snow removal before the police department would take action.

That action would simply be moving the coat to a better location where someone that needs it can still access it.

"You kind of need to look at the greater good for some things like that," Todd said. "We really don't want anybody who's struggling ... without an adequate coat."

Have you seen a coat?

Have you seen a coat hanging around town? If so, share the location and a photo (if you have it) so we can let others in the community know. Email reporter Desiree Bauer at dbauer@dlnewspapers.com.