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Donations still needed for New Port Richey youth shelter before the holidays

Posted at 5:58 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 18:02:04-05

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — Beesan Mustafa, known as Moose, calls a converted office 'Santa’s secret storage room' at the RAP House.

“They’ve had a rough life and we just one day a year at least spoil them as much as we can,” Moose said.

The RAP House is a shelter in New Port Richey for runaways and at-risk kids.

“Instead of having it really institutional here we try and make it like a home for them and make them feel as comfortable as possible,” Moose said.

RELATED: A New Port Richey program that houses at-risk youth is in need of donations this holiday season

People around Pasco County have donated gifts and other critical things the RAP House really needs.

Hygiene items like deodorant, hair brushes, and soap. Along with school supplies and underwear.

“A lot of them don’t have anything so this means the world to them,” said Outreach Coodinator Seiko Prout.

Moose is a Pasco firefighter and Army veteran who helps out part-time.

"If I could work here all the time I would," Moose said. "I think the kids are helping me more than I’m helping them.”

He’s already filled up his jeep with donations, but says they still need more to make sure these kids who have been homeless , a victim of violence or human trafficking have everything they need.

You can donate to the RAP House by clicking here.