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Damon “DJ” Villnave, 10, receives a Youth Services Agency grant for $1,000 for his efforts to help the Rescue Mission with his annual blanket drive, which he calls DJ’s Gift of Warmth. The drive has collected more than 750 blankets since 2010. DJ hopes to collect 300 blankets this year. He donated the check to the Rescue Mission.

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Clay fifth-grader kicks off annual blanket drive for the Rescue Mission

Damon “DJ” Villnave is more concerned about the cold than your typical 10-year-old. DJ isn’t worried about himself, but the many men and women on the streets of Syracuse without a roof over their heads, stuck in the elements. That’s why he started his annual blanket drive, DJ’s Gift of Warmth, in 2010. The effort has collected more than 750 blankets for the Rescue Mission since its inception. This year’s drive kicked off Jan. 6 and continues until Jan. 31.


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