To hundreds in need, simple necessities such as common hygiene items are hard to come by. For this reason, Spectra Contract Flooring Tampa started a community outreach to collect items for nonprofit Metropolitan Ministries. “We said, ‘Why leave that to somebody else? Let’s partner up with our community business partners and see what we can do to help out those in need,’” said company president Stephen Busbee.

Heidi Damon of Spectra’s Tampa location also added, “We started this about three months ago and our vendors even pitched in, and we collected 2,601 items consisting of razors, deodorant, shampoo, shower gel and every other type of toiletry, including diapers.”

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These kinds of products are so important to families at Metropolitan Ministries and often get overlooked. “We run very, very low on hygiene products because it’s such a small quantity. We get lots of food and clothing, but hygiene is very, very critical,” offered Sonya Flores of Metropolitan Ministries.

Damon concluded that she hopes the collection of goods sends a bigger message: “I really want them to have hope that they do have a future. That there are people out there who want them to succeed.”