Young cousins hand out blankets to the homeless

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (KSL) A pair of cousins are doing what they can to warm up people living on Salt Lake City’s streets this winter.

When Anthony Guerra, 8, and Carlos Nieto, 9, heard about police finding a homeless man dead on a Salt Lake park bench in below-freezing temperatures last month, they knew they had to do something. The pair spent $300 — money they saved — on blankets and hygiene kits for homeless people living around Pioneer Park.

“I can’t imagine sleeping out here on the streets with nothing,” Nieto said.

Tuesday night the two, along with Gladys Rosales, Carlos’ mother, went around giving the items to dozens of people. It’s an effort Rosales said she is especially grateful for after she spent some time in a homeless shelter.

“Things happen, and my family ended up actually at a shelter downtown,” Rosales said. “So to have your children come up with the idea like this is just something really small that can make a big impact.”

The boys said they are grateful their money went toward something for people who are less fortunate than they are.

“I mostly hope that God blesses them and that they could have a little bit of a better life than just this,” Guerra said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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