Studio City brothers repair unwanted items to donate to those in need

STUDIO CITY, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — When a pair of Studio City brothers saw their community service hours cut by the pandemic, they turned to the trash to keep giving.

Ben and Sam Volokh had volunteered at a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, but when COVID safety restrictions ended, they started collecting furniture and other items people were throwing away. They cleaned and repaired them, then donated them to Habitat.

“We make a ton of vans every week,” said 17-year-old Ben. “We refurbish, reuse, we keep them in our garage.”

Ben and Sam, 15, started their business in November and even created a website where people can schedule a pickup. But most of the time, they scour neighborhoods and online sites like Nextdoor and Craigslist.

“Not all of this furniture was in pristine condition, but certainly could have been put to good use,” Sam told Eyewitness News. “We just think it’s really important to give back to our community and do what we can to make some people’s lives easier.”

The two Harvard Westlake students have a lot to juggle. The two have full high school class schedules and daily volleyball practices. Ben recently achieved Eagle Scout status.

“We decided this would still be a great way to continue donating to a cause that is really close to our hearts,” Ben said. “Just take that furniture that was out there, sit there, and donate it to Habitat where it can be distributed to people less fortunate than us.”

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