An eight-year-old Middle Tennessee boy is working to do his part to help area homeless people this season by collecting sleeping bags. Josiah Rizo began the Operation Sleep Tight Foundation last year after being unsatisfied with his mother's response when he asked what homeless people did in cold and rainy weather. "We talked a little bit and I asked what do you think we should do and he said let's do blankets or sleeping bags," mother Jackie Rizo said. After collecting more than 50 sleeping bags last year for those in need, Josiah decided to double that number this year. As of Wednesday morning he had collected 95 sleeping bags. "I want to give them hope," Josiah told Nashville's News 2.
His mother added, "I didn't realize it would get this big but I'm so glad it has." Steven Stacey was among those who received a donated sleeping bag on Wednesday. "It's pretty rough sometimes unless you find someone closed-end, but it's pretty rough," Stacy said. "I think it's wonderful that at that age they're smart. That's wonderful." For more information on Operation Sleep Tight or how to donate to the cause, visit their Facebook page.
The following are mugshots of individuals arrested in May by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.
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