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Florida's Top Youth Volunteer

8/15/2017 – ABC Action News Morning Blend

One of Florida’s Top Teen Volunteer Winners shares his courageous story of volunteerism, as well as his experience participating in the big national youth volunteer awards event, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, in Washington DC where he was honored by Olympian Michael Phelps, along with the other 100 state teen volunteer winners from all across the U.S.

Chase Hartman of Tampa collected more than 15,000 books with his best friend and donated them to 23 organizations across two states so that kids and others without ready access to books could discover the joy of reading. But last year while working on a book drive that yielded hundreds of books for kids in need, Chase realized there are many children who don’t have books of their own.

After Chase found a local company willing to give away thousands of books, he and his friend reached out to others for additional book donations on social media, as well as through interviews with the press, collection boxes, and presentations to schools and community groups. Since last August, the boys and other young volunteers they recruited have spent many hours collecting books, sorting them into categories, and delivering them to Title I schools, libraries, ministries, a local veterans hospital and other organizations.

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