Local boy receives numerous donations of clothing for homeless vets

MEDFORD, Ore. —  In early November, NBC5 News covered a story of a local boy that put on a donation drive to help homeless vets stay warm.  With the help of numerous donors, he surpassed his goal.

Nine-year-old James Pitzen collected 185 beanies and 663 pairs of socks this fall.

His goal was to collect one hundred of each.

James came across some homeless vets last year and wanted to do something to help.

“People can be kind and inspiring,” said James. “I would just like to thank my family and my friends,” he added.

ACCESS is already distributing the donations.

Meanwhile, James is already thinking about next year.

He hopes to expand by getting even more people to donate.

His goal is to collect 500 beanies and 500 pairs of socks.

NBC5 News Multimedia Journalist Rayvan Vares was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in Communication. While attending SOU, he traveled across Asia and studied in Japan.  Rayvan loves hearing and reporting great stories.

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