PARKLAND, FL- Local Parkland resident Sam Meyer has developed a heart for people in need, especially the homeless population of South Florida. The Westglades student has been volunteering and giving back for a number of years. He's seen the impact that serving others has on both the lives of the people in need and the volunteers. 

When Sam heard that Hope South Florida's mobile showers were short on supplies, he jumped at the chance to help out. Hope South Florida's mobile shower operation had quadrupled in its effort to reach and help the homeless, but supplies to use the showers were not readily available.

"The toiletry project goes to help out with the mobile shower units for Hope South Florida," said Sam.  "The shower units have increased to almost 400%; they really need all the items they can get."

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Sam Meyer first got involved in volunteering through helping his parents, Ben and Suzie, and local community organizer Heather Khalil. Sam volunteered to help out, and the ball got rolling from there.

"Our neighbor does a lot of volunteer work with different charities and asked for help a few years ago. I started with filling Easter baskets and backpacks," he shared. "Last summer I helped my mom collect, sort and organize toiletries that were then assembled into kits."

The current project is similar in nature, as they are organizing toiletry kits for the mobile shower needs. Volunteers that help can also help earn service hours for their effort. Volunteer projects like this one can be found on Heather Khalil's Volunteer Opportunities Facebook page.


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