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Oswego Middle School student becomes advocate for the homeless

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An Oswego Middle School student has made it her mission to help the county’s homeless. Emily Bradshaw, 12, is hoping to make a difference for years to come. Our Candace Hopkins shows us how she spent her Thanksgiving connecting with the people she hopes to help.

OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Emily Bradshaw knows just how fortunate she really is. But she's aware everyone is not so lucky.

"My grandma, who works at DSS, she came home and we were talking about work and she told us that we don't have a homeless shelter in Oswego County and that upset me a lot," said Bradshaw.

So Bradshaw sprang into action. She started meeting with state and county officials hoping to shed some light on the well-concealed issue.

"I want everybody to know there's a problem and that we need to find a solution, not just Oswego, not just Fulton, the whole entire county, so we can get homeless shelters in a lot of the cities in the county," said Bradshaw.

While building a shelter could take a long time, Bradshaw wanted to make an immediate impact. She began collecting personal care items, to be given out to the needy. Soon she had assembled hundreds of kits. And Thursday afternoon, the entire Bradshaw family gathered at the Salvation Army's Thanksgiving dinner to hand them out.

"Just to know they're thankful for me helping them, really makes me feel really good, it makes me happy, it makes me really happy," said Bradshaw.

Her brother, Paul, wasn't at all shocked that she has taken on such a big goal.

"She's always been very compassionate to everyone, she's been a very loving and caring person, so this new project for her doesn't surprise me at all. I could see her continuing through her life being very compassionate to other and really working on better everyone," said Paul Bradshaw.

While Bradshaw says she's extremely thankful for all the community has helped her do, her work won't be done until a homeless shelter is built in Oswego County.

To find out how you can help the cause, visit www.facebook.com/emilys.mission.9#!/emilys.mission.9.

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