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Jeffersonville girl, 10, collecting winter gear for Indiana homeless

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) - They sleep on the streets, under overpasses and sometimes in cardboard boxes. So when winter weather hits, the homeless fight to survive. That's why a young girl in southern Indiana is doing her part to keep them warm.

It's not a pretty place to live and they're definitely not quiet. But several in Jeffersonville call an overpass home. Their beds are made from cardboard and cushions.

"I thought it was like really sad, like I felt sorry for them," said 10-year-old Jasmine Smith from Jeffersonville.

Two weeks ago, she noticed a man sleeping in a box without a blanket.

"I would give them my position, to live in a box for them," the fifth grader said with a huge heart. 

Jasmine decided that even at 10 years old, there was something she could do.

"Well because it's cold and they can get frostbite so I really want them to have shoes and pillows and gloves and stuff," she said.

Those items are all desperately needed at Exit 0 Ministries.

"And something as simple as a blanket can change a life for somebody," said Paul Stensrud, who runs the non-profit.

He says they're critically low on winter gear with fewer than 25 blankets and five sleeping bags. Adult winter coats are also in short supply, and they could really use more hats, glove and socks. The non-profit is teaming up with Jasmine to help her clothing drive.

"It's always a true blessing to see a young individual come out within the ministry with a dream, with a vision," Stensrud said.

"It's horrible out there with nothing. Some people take it as a joke ... really and it ain't," said Justin Dupin who's been homeless nearly two years.

Chris Hunt's been on the streets for five.

"It's really awesome that a 10-year-old is thinking of that. A 10-year-old wouldn't even know any of the conditions that we have to live in" he said.

"I would be happy to see that they would finally get something they deserve. I don't think they should get thrown out on the streets just because they don't have no money."

If you'd like to give in Jasmine's name, or donate any winter gear to Exit 0 Ministries click here.

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