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8-year-old collecting blankets for the homeless

Posted at 11:50 PM, Dec 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-22 23:50:23-05

GREENFIELD, Ind. -- A Greenfield boy has found himself on a special mission this holiday season.

Hunter Lenk, 8, is a boy of few words, but many blankets.

He's collected 271 of them since December 1. His monthly goal was 50.

"We surpassed his original goal the first week," said Brittany Garrity, Lenk's stepmother. "The first three days actually."

The blankets will go to Wheeler Mission and the homeless of Central Indiana.

Lenk thought of the idea last year when his family was making care packages for those same people in need.

"I said, um, well, maybe we should do blankets so they won't be cold," Lenk said.

Since the project, dubbed "Hunter's Hugs," began, there has been no shortage of donations.

"They can't believe that an 8-year-old would even think about something like this and want to follow through," Garrity said.

Lenk has been present for almost every pick-up, and he'll be there when it's time to deliver the blankets, too.

"He just has a heart of gold," Garrity said. "He just makes all of us proud."

Lenk says he hopes to have a blanket for every bed at Wheeler Mission when he drops them off on January 1.


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