2017-10-01 / Spotlight News

A shower and a haircut for Irma victims

By Kathy O’Flinn


Jason Winter with his trailer 
Staff | staff@swspotlight.com Jason Winter with his trailer Staff | staff@swspotlight.com Jason Winter was handing out smiles. With his trailer, “Hope thru Soap,” equipped with two stall showers, he was bringing smiles to the faces of many Naples residents who had sought shelter at North Collier Regional Park where the Red Cross had established a shelter and the county provided a cooling center.

“Yesterday we provided showers for 108 people and by midday today there have been 50,” he said.

Winter recruited two of his buddies to join him for the ride from Atlanta to Naples. They loaded his pickup truck with a generator, pop-up tent, towels, soap and supplies, hitched on the shower trailer and headed to Naples to help those hit hard by Irma.

Winter founded Hope thru Soap to provide for the homeless people of Atlanta. “I started with $30,000 from my father and money donated online,” he said. He spends his own money on gas and insurance. To keep the wheels spinning he has other expenses: propane, water bills, maintenance on the truck and trailer. Supplies including towels, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste and deodorant are donated.


A man gets a haircut at the North Collier Regional Park thanks to volunteers and Hope thru Soap. 
Staff | staff@swspotlight.com A man gets a haircut at the North Collier Regional Park thanks to volunteers and Hope thru Soap. Staff | staff@swspotlight.com Hope thru Soap brings dignity to those in troubled circumstances.

His youcaring.com website says, “No one asks to be homeless… everyone has a story.” And in Naples, Irma is their story.

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