Steven Shamgochian is a unique, caring 14-year-old boy. The Turlock Junior High School student has spent every weekend this year collecting and cashing in recyclables from local businesses, family and friends in an effort to help underprivileged children his own age.
Steven, who is autistic, teamed up with his parents, Steve and Amy Shamgochian, to send a letter to friends, family and local businesses to inform them about his mission. Everyone was eager to participate and a generous friend helped by offering a trailer to assist in hauling all of the recyclables. Steven sorted through the recyclables each week before turning them in at a local facility. All of his hard work added up to $2,500.
Amy Shamgochian contacted a counselor at TJHS to find a family that could benefit from Steven’s mission. The counselor found 16 children that needed help.
On Monday Steven, his parents and sister, Mackenzie Shamgochian, a senior at Turlock High School, along with a few other family members and friends went on a shopping spree at Target in Turlock. Steven purchased clothing and much-needed items for the kids at his school.
Steven truly represents the definition of giving, with his outstanding efforts throughout the year and his willing contribution to those in need.