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Hometown Hero: Lexie

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Six-year-old Lexie and her grandmother Debbie love looking at pictures on their Facebook page. It's filled with photos of folks who don't own a computer, a camera or even a home. But they have hope. And it all started with a little girl who saw a man on a bench one winter day and decided she needed to help him.

"And why was you going to do that?” asked Debbie.

“So he could be cozy and warm. It was cold that day. And so he could eat better," answered Lexie.

Lexie's soft voice carries a strong message. One that she's using to spread the word in her church, her community and even on a Facebook page she started called “Lexie's Box of Love.”

Lexie’s mission began in January. Since then she's collected more than 2,000 items to give to the homeless.

“You look at that shelf, simple things like that sun tan lotion. It's really inspiring and should make a lot of us adults open our eyes," said Pastor James Crum.

Lexie takes the supplies to Ashland's central park on Saturdays where she and others in the community hand them out to those in need.

“I remember one day she handed out nail files to everyone that walked by saying hello and introducing herself. It's wonderful to work alongside her in the ministry," said Megan Toplis.

"Lexi do you know what a hero is?” asked WSAZ.com’s Susan Nicholas. Yes, that's what all these people think you are. That's why we are making you this week's WSAZ Hometown Hero.”

"She's helping the homeless and who knows where it will go from there. If they get back on their feet they could pass it on to someone else so it's a pay it forward kind of thing," said Sandra Perkins.


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