Free scarves for those in need in Faribault

Just when you thought Minnesotans couldn't get any nicer.

Stacy Novotny Murphy and her friend and co-worker Elizabeth Sammons are affixing scarves to trees in Faribault, Minn. with a note that says "I'm not lost! If you are stuck out in the cold, please take this to keep warm!"

"I was diagnosed with heart failure about 5 years ago, so there's not a whole lot I can do to help people," Sammons said. "I can't go lift stuff, clean your house for you, or whatever. This is something that's relaxing. I can do it. And people enjoy what I make I enjoy that as well. So it's a way I can give back."

She's donates almost everything she makes and has a stockpile of supplies given to her used to make everything from baby hats and stuffed animals for hospitals, to blankets and scarves for soldiers over seas. Recently, someone on Facebook pointed her toward a movement that is gaining momentum nationwide: homemade items left in public places for anyone who may need them.

Sammons and Murphy placed the scarves right between a local food shelf and soup kitchen.

They are eager to find more places to donate their crocheted creations, and looking for people who would like to join them. If you're interested in Sharing the Warmth contact: or