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Creve Coeur boy, 13, organizes donation drive for homeless shelter

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks
By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

At the age of 13, most kids prefer to spend their Saturdays playing sports or video games. Sam Klein is not like most kids.

The young founder of RecycleCharityGroup will spend Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. outside the Dierbergs at the intersection of Olive and Craig in Creve Coeur. He’ll be asking people to donate food or money to people he has never met.

The service project is to help supply Peter and Paul Community Services with any items the homeless people who stay there might need.

“They don’t have a place to go at the end of the night like we all do,” Klein said. “Because I know when I go home, I’m going to have everything. They know they have nothing.”

That’s why Klein hopes a big turnout on Saturday will turn into a big reward for the charity and for anyone who donates.

“By coming out and helping [Peter and Paul Community Services], you’ll have the feeling of knowing, ‘hey, I helped these people today,’” Klein said.

While most kids do not realize there’s a world of need in the St. Louis area, again, Klein’s outlook toward this service project once again proves he is not like most kids.

“I think it’s important that [Peter and Paul Community Services] get large volumes of these donations so...they can distribute it and then people will have the maximum effect of food, water, shelter, everything,” Klein said.

Here are the items Klein hopes to donate to the shelter:

Tea bags
Peanut Butter
Canned meats such as tuna, salmon, ham, chicken, etc.
Canned soups with meat
Dried noodles and pastas
Spaghetti sauce (can or jar)
Chapstick (any brand)
Bath and hand soap (bars or liquid)
Shaving Cream
Dish soap
LIQUID laundry detergent
Spray Cleaners 

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