10-year-old leads 3rd annual blanket drive in Durant

DURANT, Okla. (KXII) It's the third year 10-year-old Emma Burkhart has collected blankets for her blanket drive, so it only made sense that her blanket goal has nearly tripled.

Emma said she started collecting new blankets for her "Keep Kids Warm Blanket Drive" to help children in need through the cold winter months, but it has since evolved to much more.

"One of the things about the blankets is it's also like security around all the kids,” Emma said. “I always love being wrapped in a blanket."

That's why the Durant Police and Fire Departments are on Emma's list of nine local organizations that benefit from the drive so they can give them out to kids involved in traumatic situations.

Every foster child in Bryan County also gets one.

"It will be getting colder soon and kids will get colder and they need blankets,” Emma said.

Last year Emma set a goal of 350 blankets and ended up collecting more than 900.

She then donated blankets to Houston and others in need throughout the year.

This year she upped the goal to 1000.

Emma told us she loves every part of the drive.

"I love seeing kids get the blankets,” Emma said. “When they're so happy."

She said she loves seeing the donations roll in, too.

But, 2017 has been slow going so far, with less than 200 blankets collected to date.

Meredith Jones owns the Old Ice House Salon and Spa on North 3rd.

She said they’ve been a part of the drive all three years.

"The fact that she wanted to help other children and came up with the idea all by herself, so I wanted to help as much as I could,” Jones said.

They're even offering 5 dollars off any service for people who bring in a blanket.

The Keep Kids Warm Blanket Drive ends on December 14.

New blankets can be dropped off at the following locations:

Axis Dance Co
202 S. 2nd

Brown's Funeral Service
4900 W. US Hwy 70

Durant Intermediate School
1314 Waco St

Green Spray
517 N 1st Ave

Jimmy's Egg
2501 W Main St

KLBC/ KSEO/99.7 The Buzz
1418 N 1st St

Mackey Home Furnishings **When you make a blanket donation you will be entered to win a MyPillow or Malouf sheets. Each blanket will be an entry!**
320 W. Main

Mattress Gallery
**When you donate a blanket you will be entered for 2 drawings! Names will be entered to win a latex foam pillow ($80 value) and a sheet set of your size choice ($40-$100 value)**
1203 N Washington

Mix 96.1
2803 W. University Blvd.

Rib Crib **FREE chips & salsa with blanket donation @ Rib Crib**
311 Westside Dr

Smart Mouth Family Dental
1220 N Washington Ave

The Old Ice House Salon & Day Spa
**Five dollars off any service when you donate a blanket
215 N. 3rd Street

Visual & Performing Arts Center at Southeastern (VPAC)
1614 N 1st St

Western Shamrock Finance
122 1/2 W Evergreen