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Hancock County third-grader collects hundreds of blankets for homeless population

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HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. – This is an awesome update to a story we brought you earlier this month! A third grade student at Mt. Comfort Elementary School has collected over 300 blankets for the homeless in just one week!

Hunter Lenk took the initiative on his own to collect blankets for the homeless population in central Indiana three years ago.

Each year he’s made a goal of collecting 500 blankets to give to Wheeler Mission.

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

“He gets to be warm in the winter, so he wanted them to be warm,” said Tracy King, Hunter’s grandmother.

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

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

If you want to help Hunter, you can donate a gently used blanket by contacting Hunter through these means:


Visit the Hunter’s Hugs Facebook page

Call Tracy King 317-557-1058 or Brittany Garrity 317-519-0271

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