Teen's challenge to you: Help keep homeless warm

Posted at 7:49 AM, Nov 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-28 07:49:59-05

INDEPENDENCE, Ky. -- Noah Barger wants your help.

It's not for himself, but for our neighbors who go homeless every night in Greater Cincinnati.

Barger, a 15-year-old freshman at Simon Kenton High School, can't stand the thought that some people spend their nights in the frigid outdoors, much less the notion they go without sufficient socks and blankets to keep them warm.

"He gets really upset when he sees people cold and hungry out when we pass them," mom Dana Barger said.

So out of that sympathy, an idea was born: Barger started raising money for blankets as part of student council.

"He's just been working a doing jobs and negotiating on how many blankets he can get per job that he does," his mom said.

That's where you come in: He wants you to donate blankets and socks to homeless people you might encounter so they don't freeze. Barger posted a video on Facebook, were it's been viewed more than 50,000 times so far.


My sweet, tender hearted son has a message for you. Please listen, accept his challenge and share with all your Facebook friends. Merry Christmas from Noah Barger :)

Posted by Dana Grooms Barger on Monday, November 23, 2015

"It's wrong to just leave them out on the street," he said.

Barger handed out eight blankets and pairs of socks Wednesday and plans to hand out more Saturday. His mom has offers for blankets and socks from all over the country, she said, and some truck drivers say they're going to keep blankets and socks in their trucks for when they're on the road.

"He just wants people to kind of have it in their heart and their mind and be able to give as they see people," his mom said.

The teen said he plans to continue helping the homeless in his career by becoming a mental health professional.