Local third-grader collecting blankets for the homeless in central Indiana  

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- A local boy is on a mission to help the homeless stay warm this winter, but the third grader says he can’t do it alone.

Hunter Lenk is aiming to collect more than 500 blankets before the start of 2017 to give to the homeless in central Indiana.

Lenk will donate the majority of the blankets he collects to Wheeler Mission.

He’ll also walk around downtown Indianapolis with his mom and hand out blankets to those they see sleeping outside.

A recent study led by researchers from IU determined there are more than 1,600 people classified as “homeless” in Marion County.

This is the third year for the Hunter’s Hugs for the Homeless initiative.

The idea came about after Hunter saw his grandma giving back in a similar way.

“We were doing bags, and then I remembered I thought we should do blankets,” said Lenk

“He just says “grandma they don’t what this, they’re cold they need a blanket”. So the next year we just decided that he could run off with collecting blankets. He gets to be warm in the winter, so he wanted them to be warm,” said Tracy King, Hunter’s grandmother.

Helping Hunter reach his goal couldn’t be easier. If you have a new or gently used blanket you’d like to donate, Hunter and his mom will come pick it up from you.

Also, he’s collecting hats, scarves, gloves and coats for the less fortunate this winter.

For more information on how to go about making a donation email jmkiser@me.com or visit the Hunter’s Hugs Facebook page.

You can also call Tracy King 317-557-1058 or Brittany Garrity 317-519-0271.