16 year old pilot is flying medical supplies to rural hospitals

A teenager in Virginia has turned his flying lessons into missions of mercy, bringing desperately needed supplies to rural hospitals in need. Each week, TJ Kim carries gloves, masks, gowns and other equipment to small hospitals. When he made his first delivery, on March 27 to a 25-bed hospital, he was taken aback by the reception. TJ says, “Every hospital is hurting for supplies, but it’s the rural hospitals that really feel forgotten.”

… Like high school students across the country, Kim was bummed when school and activities were shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus. In TJ’s case, the shutdown ended his lacrosse season before it ever really got started. The 16-year-old sophomore brainstormed with his family in McLean, Virginia, about ways to keep active, and to serve the community while he had the time. They settled on Operation SOS — Supplies Over Skies.

… The most recent flight carried 3,000 gloves, 1,000 head covers, 500 shoe covers, 50 non-surgical masks, 20 pairs of protective eyewear and 10 concentrated bottles of hand sanitizer to Winchester, Virginia, to help supply a hospital in nearby Woodstock.

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