• Jacksonville teen collecting blankets for homeless

    By: Jenna Bourne , Action News Jax


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    A Jacksonville teen is collecting blankets and warm clothes for the homeless.

    We first introduced you to Maria Ribeiro on Action News Jax on Tuesday, after she handed out more than 50 blankets she had collected through social media.

    Since then, Ribeiro said about 50 more people have reached out, wanting to help.

    “I think people want to be a part of something that’s doing something great. Sometimes they just don’t know how to do it. So I’m just glad this was placed in my heart and that people were willing to help,” Ribeiro said.

    “The upper class and the rich need to realize that homeless people are people too,” said Will Roberts, who received a donated blanket on Tuesday night.

    Ribeiro said she’s not stopping now.

    “I feel like this kind of, like, sparked something in me. And I want to continue helping in any way I can,” said Ribeiro.

    If you’d like to donate a blanket or warm clothes, you can contact Ribeiro at mariaclara0321@hotmail.com

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