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Hot Seat brings families together

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We all cherish our family time, and a community in Tarpon Springs has found a great way for families to come together and do something good for other people. It's What's Right with Tampa Bay.

"Families get together and paint these chairs, and we auction them off and it goes to one child in need, and also for summer camp scholarships," said founder of Hot Seat Daniela Smyth.

"It's for a good cause, and gives us something fun to do and it gives us some time together," said volunteer Jace Kole.

Smyth is in charge of the event.

"I think it's important for communities to get together and do something for each other," Smyth said.

They've been doing Hot Seat for about five years, and they've auctioned off 500 chairs.

"Life in general is stressful. Raising a family is stressful, but coming out here and doing this as a family, it's a wonderful thing for them."

Trinity Nelson loves helping others.

"I think it's kind of cool because giving back to others is good for the community, and the more you give the more you receive," Nelson said.

And Jeffrey Ferron loves that he gets to do something creative and help people at the same time.

"You get to paint chairs and tables and you get to do all kinds of stuff here. And it's fun, because you get to paint whatever you want and sell it to an auction, and it helps a kid," Ferron said.

And people like Jennifer Plouffe who benefit from the "hot seat" fundraiser are so thankful that their neighborhood is there for them.

"It's amazing that a community will pull themselves and do this for our family. It makes me speechless."

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