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Coeur d'Alene child works to help the homeless

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

While rummaging through her belongings, it would appear that five-year old Reyna Mateo is gathering supplies for the military.

But take a closer look.

“We can make people healthy,” Reyna said.

Reyna wants to help the homeless.

Recently, she and her family moved to Coeur d’Alene from a small town in Georgia.

Reyna’s mom, Ashley Sewell, says before they moved here, Reyna had never seen homeless people.

“We told her about them not having a home or anything like that to go to so she decided she wants to make boxes full of hygiene essentials, hats and gloves, scarf, blanket, non-perishable food items, and maybe some meal cards,” Sewell said.

A bold idea from an even bolder five-year old whose kindness well exceeds her small stature.

“She has a big heart and she doesn't know how to say no unfortunately,” Sewell said jokingly, “and I think this is going to help her put that in the right direction of where she needs put that kindness at."

Reyna’s already on her way to her goal with the help of businesses and donations from a GoFundMe page.

The goal is to help homeless in Coeur d’Alene, but they would like to branch out and help those in Post Falls and Spokane Valley.

For Reyna, it’s just a chance to make people smile.

“Happy for so they can brush their teeth,” she said with a smile.

If you’d like to help, click here 

While rummaging through her belongings, it would appear that five-year old Reyna Mateo is gathering supplies for the military.

But take a closer look.

“We can make people healthy,” Reyna said.

Reyna wants to help the homeless.

Recently, she and her family moved to Coeur d’Alene from a small town in Georgia.

Reyna’s mom, Ashley Sewell, says before they moved here, Reyna had never seen homeless people.

“We told her about them not having a home or anything like that to go to so she decided she wants to make boxes full of hygiene essentials, hats and gloves, scarf, blanket, non-perishable food items, and maybe some meal cards,” Sewell said.

A bold idea from an even bolder five-year old whose kindness well exceeds her small stature.

“She has a big heart and she doesn't know how to say no unfortunately,” Sewell said jokingly, “and I think this is going to help her put that in the right direction of where she needs put that kindness at."

Reyna’s already on her way to her goal with the help of businesses and donations from a GoFundMe page.

The goal is to help homeless in Coeur d’Alene, but they would like to branch out and help those in Post Falls and Spokane Valley.

For Reyna, it’s just a chance to make people smile.

“Happy for so they can brush their teeth,” she said with a smile.

If you’d like to help, click here: https://www.gofundme.com/reynas-warmth-for-the-homeless

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