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12/17/2014 04:33 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Boy Collects 79 Coats For Homeless Families, Inspired By A Random Act Of Kindness

After witnessing an inspiring show of compassion, this boy decided it was time to spread the love.

Nate Dreyfus, 9, of Stillwater, Minnesota, recently saw something that made him think twice.

"There was this man," Nate told CBS Minnesota. "He got out of his car, he took off his jacket and gave it to a man on the street."

The sight was enough to spur Nate to action.

"I felt really good inside that they did that, so I wanted to start doing something like they did," he told CBS.

He enlisted the help of his family, and while he put out donation boxes in his neighborhood, his mother reached out to the community, urging people to drop coats off at their house, the outlet reported. Nate's project soon gained attention, attracting local organizations, which helped the 9-year-old promote the initiative, according to St. Paul Area Council of Churches' (SPACC) website.

Donations poured in, and on Dec. 3, Nate and his sister, Anna, showed up at SPACC with a surprise for Project Home, which helps provide shelter to local homeless families.

"Nate came in with bag upon bag, filled my office full of coats," Sara Liegl, the director of Project Home told CBS. He brought "a monetary donation on top of that, so we could purchase the things we need that don’t get donated. It was wonderful."

The 9-year-old had successfully collected 79 coats and $262 for families in need, SPACC reported. And while Nate's tremendous efforts will brighten up many others' holiday season, the boy says that knowing people will use his donations has cheered him up, too.

"It’s just really heartwarming," Nate told CBS.

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