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Helping comes easily to 13-year-old Sam Booth, whose volunteer recognition award now has a place of pride in the family home.

The only drawback in pitching in for the Eliza DoLittle Society’s food deliveries to needy families? Having to wear an apron.

Working with the charity’s Daily Bread Programme also required Sam to take a food-handling course, but the payoff for the Bermuda Institute grade seven student was simply getting to help out.

“They’re just regular families that come for the food it’s not just the homeless,” the Paget teen said.

Born with severely diminished hearing, Sam wears a device known as a cochlear implant, which allows him to hear normally.

The cause of the impairment is unknown, but it doesn’t hold Sam back.

He is on his school’s honour roll, plays football at PHC club, and makes his own money packing bags at Lindo’s in Warwick.

Sam’s regular shifts with Daily Bread, helping carry, bag and deliver the food, have now eased off at the moment.

Since December, he has pitched in with the SPCA, and he looks forward to handing out water to thirsty runners at the May 24 Half-Marathon Derby.

“He’s a real go-getter,” said Daily Bread executive director Margaret Ward. “We put him forward for recognition because he goes the extra mile and gets along with everybody.

“With 12 feeding centres, we’ve got a lot of young people involved as volunteers. We want Sam to represent us at his school, and on our youth council.”

Eliza DoLittle’s newly-formed youth council will sit down in the coming weeks to bring together volunteers from Sam’s age to college students.

The idea is to brainstorm for new ideas in collecting donations, for a charity whose workload increases all the time.

“Sam just enjoys it,” said mother Suzanne DeCouto, whose involvement with Eliza DoLittle opened the door for Sam to chip in every Thursday from Warwick’s Brighton Temple Church.

“It started as a school assignment. Sam’s teacher asked the class to come up with a project on volunteering, and I suggested he go along. He liked it so much, he kept doing it.”

Sam also helped bring in more than $1,700 for the SPCA through a Christmas “Angel Tree” in his father Darren Booth’s Washington Mall store, The Booth.

“I created ads for the animals at the SPCA, with a picture of different ones on each ornament,” he explained.

The baubles, which sold for $5 each, went straight to charity.

With Eliza DoLittle growing the group most recently opened a new food centre in St George’s the organisation is keen to recruit more young people.

To learn more about Eliza DoLittle telephone Ms Ward on 333-4483 or visit www.elizadolittle.bm.

Young Achiever Sam Booth. (Photo by Glenn Tucker)

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Published March 17, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 17, 2012 at 7:56 am)

‘Go-getter’ Sam recognised for his volunteering

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