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Ceres brothers have a heart for homeless
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Ceres brothers Dustyn and Clay Wright have taken it upon themselves to collect jackets and blankets for area homeless persons now that the cold weather have settled in the Valley. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Ceres teenage brothers Clay and Dustyn Wright are on a mission to collect 100 jackets and blankets for the homeless.

According to their mother, the boys often think of others.

"Since they were born it's been the three of us and they know it can be hard," said Tanja Wright. "That's why they reach out to people. They are wanting to make a difference."

Tanja has been faced with some difficult realities as Usher's Syndrome has left her legally blind and losing her hearing.

The Ceres mom reported that Dustyn, 14, and Clay, 15, often leap into action to help others, whether it be handing out food to the less fortunate or helping an elderly shopper put away groceries in their car.

Because Tanja can't drive, the family relies on public transportation to go most places. Tanja said there are times before they travel that she bakes a lot before leaving. They've encountered homeless people at bus or train stations and the boys were first to suggest giving out cookies or muffins. But while they were cleaning out a closet they pulled out old blankets and came upon the idea of collecting jackets and blankets. The boys originally set a goal of 100 blankets and jackets by Friday but decided to extend their collection efforts to this Friday since they had only collected 25.

Clay is a student at Ceres High School while Dustyn is enrolled at the Tactical Career Academy on Mitchell Road.

The boys have gotten out the word about their collection drive on Facebook. The public is invited to help out by dropping off good condition or new jackets and blankets off at Tanja's workplace, the Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living (DRAIL), 920 12th Street, Modesto.