Girl collects blankets for homeless at her birthday party

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by GLORIA CAMPOS

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WFAA

Posted on December 14, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 14 at 8:53 PM

DALLAS — Meredith Hallett turned eight this year, and she celebrated in a unique way.

"I had a birthday party at Sleep Experts, and most of my friends came — especially my friends that are in Girl Scouts," she said. "We brought a little over 50 blankets."

It's a great idea from a girl whose Scout troop decided to collect and give to the Share the Warmth Blanket Drive. It's a way to make sure the homeless have a warm blanket as we move into the winter months.

It's a bonus for homeless women like Cambrielle Macon, who lives at the Gateway shelter.

"The first step is to admit that you need the help and actually coming through that door," Macon said. "So, I'm here."

Macon is now looking forward to rebuilding her life... with a little help.

"A lot of people out here don't have a chance to sleep with blankets at night, and I appreciate it, because I know we need the help," she said.

Macon had her eye on a leopard-print blanket, while the Girl Scouts made sure the rest are neatly folded and ready to go out to those in need.

As for Meredith, she has a simple message for all the people who will get the blankets.

"Merry Christmas," she said.

E-mail gcampos@wfaa.com

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