Olathe boy starts blanket drive to keep homeless warm - KCTV5

Olathe boy starts blanket drive to keep homeless warm

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Hunter reacting to all the feedback on his Facebook page. Hunter reacting to all the feedback on his Facebook page.
OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

A 13 year-old Olathe boy, moved by a news story about the homeless being turned away from busy shelters, has started a blanket drive to make sure they have a way to stay warm this holiday season.

"Every blanket I think of as a person, because every blanket, I get to help a person," said Hunter Reeves.

Hunter, an eighth-grader at Santa Fe Trails Middle School in Olathe, recently learned a lesson in empathy. When he saw a news story about packed homeless shelters, he knew he had to step in.

"Since it's been a really cold winter, they have to push people away. So when I heard that on the news I thought that was really bad so I started the blanket drive," he said.

Hunter is piling up on the blankets, hats and gloves for City Union Mission. About 456 people stay there each night to stay warm during the cold winter months. His drive has quite the following, with more than 300 Facebook likes and donations coming in from across the state.

His teacher said he couldn't be more proud.

"He's a good guy and I just think it's a good lesson for other people to be able to put yourself out there and understand just what empathy is and that people might not have the things we have," explained Adam Karsten.

Hunter's even giving something of his own - his favorite scarf.

"I'm really happy. I thought this would just be a small blanket drive, but it's turned out to be a huge deal," he said. "And my goal is 400 blankets. I think I'm going to be able to reach that."

If you'd like to help Hunter's cause you can drop off your blankets Saturday at College Church of the Nazarene. It's located at 2020 E. Sheridan in Olathe.

People can also contact volunteers with Hunter's Blanket Drive via his Facebook page for more information.

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