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Leesburg boy creates blessing box for homeless

Simple gesture goes long way for those in need

LEESBURG, Fla. – Alex Martinez, 7, has always loved helping the homeless. His mom said he'll give them water and food any chance she gets.

Recently, the family got the idea to make a blessing box and put it on the front yard of their Vine Street home.

The box contains all kinds of necessities, including food, clothes and soap.

On Wednesday, Anthony Walton stopped by to check it out. He said he first found the box as he was walking through the area. Walton lost his job about a month ago and has nowhere to live. He said whenever he takes something from the box, he's always sure to replace it with something else.

"If I needed a clean shirt, I can get a clean shirt, and if I need a razor, they have one too," said Walton.

He didn't know that a little boy had made the blessing box, and decided to thank Alex personally. News 6 was there to capture the endearing moment.

Alex said he's happy people are using the box and is proud of what he's accomplished.

"Know what the coolest thing is? We should put boxes all around the neighborhood," he said.