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9-year-old distributes thousands of 'blessing bags' to Chicago's homeless

After spending time with his aunt feeding the homeless, Jahkil Jackson, 9, of Chicago saw firsthand the difficulties they faced, and jumped into action.

With his mother, Jackson launched the nonprofit organization iAMNaeem. They purchase everyday items like toothbrushes, socks, soap, granola bars, and deodorant and place them in "blessing bags." The bags are packed up in the back of Jackson's godfather's pickup, and distributed on the streets.

So far, Jackson has handed out almost 2,000 bags, and he hopes to hit 5,000 by the end of the year. "In a perfect world, I would buy every homeless person a house," he told USA Today. "But since I can't do that, I will try to help as much as I can." Catherine Garcia