Help Sam Heras! He lost his family.

$50,960 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 1,122 people in 30 months
Meet Sam Heras. He is seventeen years old, and up until recently he was living a normal life. He was a senior at Irondale high school. He was a defensive tackle on the varsity football team. He had food in his mouth, a roof over his head, and two loving parents.

The last year and half, however, has been a different story. On April 6th, 2015, he lost his father Rey to cancer. Dealing with his loss and trying to continue living normal lives became an insurmountable burden for Sam and his mother, Isabel. Isabel was hospitalized several times after his passing, and during her most recent hospital visit, Sam was notified they had been evicted from their house. He then quit football and started working full time to help support her.

On October 25th, 2016, Isabel Heras passed away.

In the last year and a half, Sam has lost football, his home, and both of his parents, and gained a financial and emotional burden no seventeen year old should have to carry.

Please help us start to rebuild this young man's life. He needs help with everyday necessities a parent would normally provide for a child. Sam intends to use the funds to help pay for college. 

Every little bit helps. Sam appreciates anything you can do.  

I, Mya Barslou, from Saint Paul, MN, started this campaign on behalf of my coworker at Chilis Resatuarant in Roseville, MN, Sam Heras. All proceeds from this campaign will be withdrawn directly by Sam to help pay for his every day needs as well as college after his high school graduation. Thank you for your contributions. 




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Sam would like to thank everyone that has reached out to him since the GoFundMe has gone live. He is both thankful and overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of support and love he has received, and is continuing to receive, during this difficult time in his life. Sam also hopes to one day be able to 'pay it forward' to someone else in a similar situation.

Sam dreams of being able to continue his education after high school by enrolling in either a nursing program or going to culinary school. He also plans to use a portion of the proceeds to buy a reliable car to make the commute to work and school easier.

Please continue to keep Sam in your hearts and prayers.
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Sadie Shirlee Wadsley Hawkins
30 months ago

Hey Sam. My sweetheart and I have a couple of extra bedrooms and 3 dogs who love people. We'd be interested in becoming a new family with you if you are open to that. We can figure out how to make our world work with yours.

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Amy Poulin Michael
30 months ago

Sam, we are interested in offering you a home as well. We live near Irondale and a very loving home with two children a cat and a dog. Please let us know. I do know some of your classmates.

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Wouter van Bruggen
30 months ago

Sam, our son Matthew (drama student director) shared your story with us. You should not have to go thru this alone. We did donate some money and we are glad more (much needed) money is coming in. It seems you might have a strong support network already, but if there is anything we can do for you (including providing a roof over your head), right now, in taking care of business, or later on, we will be very happy to do so! I am sure you or your friends will be able to find us.

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Melissa Jo
30 months ago
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I do not know this young man but my daughter attends the same school. And she came home today sad that this young man had to go threw this. She told me that she had Hurd Sam had to pick up a second shift at work to pay for his moms funeral. This message is for all that may see the large number of donations. Even if this gofundme has reached the amount & more please remember this young man has to pay for his mother's funeral and finish school. So please still donate. No child should have to go threw what he is going threw.

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Amy Berkvam Pfefferle
30 months ago
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Hi Sam---my husband Bob & I are friends of your coach Jon Chhay. You are surrounded by caring people like him. We'll keep you in our prayers ♥

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Esther Rangel Wokvish
30 months ago
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Sam first and foremost my deepest condolences for the loss of your parents. May they Rest In Peace. As for you I hope that you go back and finish your school & continue your education. Please be open to Sadie Shirlee Wadsley Hawkins for offering there home to you. That would be a big start for you. Also get involved in a youth church group. God bless you. Stay strong God will help you through this.

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Carol Meuser Callen
30 months ago
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Hi Sam, God bless you! I worry that you are on your own. If you need a home and a family, we would love to have you.

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Mb Ray-k
30 months ago
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Sam, I'm sure it has been a challenging year for you - my thoughts and prayers are with you - you do not need to go through this alone - it is obvious you are surrounded by the love of many. I'm sure your character inspires many - which I'm sure is due to the love and guidance of your wonderful parents. Please be open to the generosity and wisdom of those around you who have your best interest in mind. Invest the money and your time wisely so that your dreams become reality and your friends become 'family'.

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Connie Tesmar Grandy
30 months ago
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Sam, I worked in the Irondale high school ,in the kitchen. I Retired in Jan 2015. I sure I waited on you a few time. God Bless you honey and God will stay with you.Connie G

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Heidi Gomez
29 months ago
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Sam I'm so sorry for your loss. I want you to know that we would be able to have you stay with us. My husband cooks amazing authentic Mexican food and you would definitely fit right in. We have 2 boys Drake he's in 7th grade plays basketball and football and a first grader who loves sports. I understand you might not feel comfortable but we would love to have you. Please call me if you want 6514340933 Heidi Gomez I would be an involved family member, attend all your games, help you, and just be there for you. I understand loss lost 4 of my closest family members in the last 4 years. Also at 17 I was on my own and struggled. I'd love to meet you if your up for it you have my number. Bless you Sam

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Bec Salmonson
30 months ago
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God Bless you Sam My daughter went to Irondale years ago. I was glad to help such an inspiring young man like yourself. Sorry for your loss, just remember the memories you have, the love they gave you, keep God close to your heart. You are a strong young man. Please take this time to enjoy your last year or two as a teenager...there is a support system here if you need it. Stay in school, play football, work (if you need to) part time.

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Emily Parker
30 months ago
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I'm so sorry about ur loss!

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Carol Gohman
30 months ago
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you Sam.

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Emily Parker
30 months ago

Ms. Sadie ur an amazing lady! God bless u and dear Sam !

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Molly Culp Dunigan
30 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss honey! Never for get you are LOVED! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Mary Gonzales
30 months ago

my heart breaks for you. hang in there Sam and trust in God.

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Melissa Slabodnik
29 months ago

My heart aches for your loss!!! I hope when you think about the memories you have that they will bring smiles again. God allows some pain in our lives to draw us closer to Him . . . PLEASE draw closer to God! Don't allow your pain to drive you away from Him . . . He collects your tears in alabaster jars (Psalm 56:8) . . He knows your pain and wants you to fall into His arms. God LOVES you sooo much!!!

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Jeffery Hensley
29 months ago

This is the first I have seen this. Where is Sam right now? Does he need a place to stay? We have an extra room and very loving family.

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Melissa Jo
29 months ago

This is just amazing everyone that has donated just know I'm sure you just helped change this young man's life God bless everyone. And Sam I know this does not take away the pain you are feeling but I hope it helps life some of the stress you are feeling now the only stress you should be having is if you passed that math test ;) bless you in your new Journey and spend the money wise

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Melissa Slabodnik
30 months ago

Please reach out to your local Christian church family . . . call the church and I'm sure someone there can help you get situated! I'll be keeping you in my prayers!!! God bless You! Maybe this church??Church Upon The Rock; 7901 Red Oak Drive;Mounds View, MN 55112; ph: 763-786-9555; alt: 763-786-9556 OR: Bethlehem Baptist Church??; ; Phone: 612-455-0800; Office Hours M-F 9am-5pm

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Carol Glader
29 months ago
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I'm praying for you.

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Pam Belcher
29 months ago

Best of luck to you Sam!

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Melissa Slabodnik
29 months ago

Just hoping things are going good and praying for you! God bless you, Sam!!!

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Anonymous
29 months ago
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Carrie Eggleston
29 months ago
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Sam, we don't know you but we saw your story on the news. We are so sorry for the losses you have endured, our deepest condolences to you. You have been through so much, please know there are so many people that care about you. Please continue to stay strong, God has a beautiful plan for you, don't ever lose faith in that. God bless you.

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Anonymous
29 months ago
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Larry Egan
29 months ago
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There are few adults who would willingly make the sacrifices you have made as a High School student. God bless you and your family.

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Anonymous
29 months ago
Sadie Shirlee Wadsley Hawkins
30 months ago

Hey Sam. My sweetheart and I have a couple of extra bedrooms and 3 dogs who love people. We'd be interested in becoming a new family with you if you are open to that. We can figure out how to make our world work with yours.

+ Read More
Amy Poulin Michael
30 months ago

Sam, we are interested in offering you a home as well. We live near Irondale and a very loving home with two children a cat and a dog. Please let us know. I do know some of your classmates.

+ Read More
Wouter van Bruggen
30 months ago

Sam, our son Matthew (drama student director) shared your story with us. You should not have to go thru this alone. We did donate some money and we are glad more (much needed) money is coming in. It seems you might have a strong support network already, but if there is anything we can do for you (including providing a roof over your head), right now, in taking care of business, or later on, we will be very happy to do so! I am sure you or your friends will be able to find us.

+ Read More
Melissa Jo
30 months ago
8
8

I do not know this young man but my daughter attends the same school. And she came home today sad that this young man had to go threw this. She told me that she had Hurd Sam had to pick up a second shift at work to pay for his moms funeral. This message is for all that may see the large number of donations. Even if this gofundme has reached the amount & more please remember this young man has to pay for his mother's funeral and finish school. So please still donate. No child should have to go threw what he is going threw.

+ Read More
Amy Berkvam Pfefferle
30 months ago
6
6

Hi Sam---my husband Bob & I are friends of your coach Jon Chhay. You are surrounded by caring people like him. We'll keep you in our prayers ♥

+ Read More
Esther Rangel Wokvish
30 months ago
6
6

Sam first and foremost my deepest condolences for the loss of your parents. May they Rest In Peace. As for you I hope that you go back and finish your school & continue your education. Please be open to Sadie Shirlee Wadsley Hawkins for offering there home to you. That would be a big start for you. Also get involved in a youth church group. God bless you. Stay strong God will help you through this.

+ Read More
Carol Meuser Callen
30 months ago
5
5

Hi Sam, God bless you! I worry that you are on your own. If you need a home and a family, we would love to have you.

+ Read More
Mb Ray-k
30 months ago
4
4

Sam, I'm sure it has been a challenging year for you - my thoughts and prayers are with you - you do not need to go through this alone - it is obvious you are surrounded by the love of many. I'm sure your character inspires many - which I'm sure is due to the love and guidance of your wonderful parents. Please be open to the generosity and wisdom of those around you who have your best interest in mind. Invest the money and your time wisely so that your dreams become reality and your friends become 'family'.

+ Read More
Connie Tesmar Grandy
30 months ago
4
4

Sam, I worked in the Irondale high school ,in the kitchen. I Retired in Jan 2015. I sure I waited on you a few time. God Bless you honey and God will stay with you.Connie G

+ Read More
Heidi Gomez
29 months ago
1
1

Sam I'm so sorry for your loss. I want you to know that we would be able to have you stay with us. My husband cooks amazing authentic Mexican food and you would definitely fit right in. We have 2 boys Drake he's in 7th grade plays basketball and football and a first grader who loves sports. I understand you might not feel comfortable but we would love to have you. Please call me if you want 6514340933 Heidi Gomez I would be an involved family member, attend all your games, help you, and just be there for you. I understand loss lost 4 of my closest family members in the last 4 years. Also at 17 I was on my own and struggled. I'd love to meet you if your up for it you have my number. Bless you Sam

+ Read More
Bec Salmonson
30 months ago
1
1

God Bless you Sam My daughter went to Irondale years ago. I was glad to help such an inspiring young man like yourself. Sorry for your loss, just remember the memories you have, the love they gave you, keep God close to your heart. You are a strong young man. Please take this time to enjoy your last year or two as a teenager...there is a support system here if you need it. Stay in school, play football, work (if you need to) part time.

+ Read More
Emily Parker
30 months ago
1
1

I'm so sorry about ur loss!

+ Read More
Carol Gohman
30 months ago
1
1

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you Sam.

+ Read More
Emily Parker
30 months ago

Ms. Sadie ur an amazing lady! God bless u and dear Sam !

+ Read More
Molly Culp Dunigan
30 months ago

I am so sorry for your loss honey! Never for get you are LOVED! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

+ Read More
Mary Gonzales
30 months ago

my heart breaks for you. hang in there Sam and trust in God.

+ Read More
Melissa Slabodnik
29 months ago

My heart aches for your loss!!! I hope when you think about the memories you have that they will bring smiles again. God allows some pain in our lives to draw us closer to Him . . . PLEASE draw closer to God! Don't allow your pain to drive you away from Him . . . He collects your tears in alabaster jars (Psalm 56:8) . . He knows your pain and wants you to fall into His arms. God LOVES you sooo much!!!

+ Read More
Jeffery Hensley
29 months ago

This is the first I have seen this. Where is Sam right now? Does he need a place to stay? We have an extra room and very loving family.

+ Read More
Melissa Jo
29 months ago

This is just amazing everyone that has donated just know I'm sure you just helped change this young man's life God bless everyone. And Sam I know this does not take away the pain you are feeling but I hope it helps life some of the stress you are feeling now the only stress you should be having is if you passed that math test ;) bless you in your new Journey and spend the money wise

+ Read More
Melissa Slabodnik
30 months ago

Please reach out to your local Christian church family . . . call the church and I'm sure someone there can help you get situated! I'll be keeping you in my prayers!!! God bless You! Maybe this church??Church Upon The Rock; 7901 Red Oak Drive;Mounds View, MN 55112; ph: 763-786-9555; alt: 763-786-9556 OR: Bethlehem Baptist Church??; ; Phone: 612-455-0800; Office Hours M-F 9am-5pm

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