A teenager in Maryland had high school lacrosse taken away due to COVID-19, but he didn’t allow himself to wallow in his room.
Instead, TJ Kim, 16, and his father, Thomas Kim, have turned his flying lessons into humanitarian missions, as he is delivering much needed medical supplies on his flights. They started Operation S.O.S. (Supplies Over Skies) on March 27 with a delivery to Luray, Va.
“They kind of conveyed to me that they were really forgotten about. Everyone was wanting to send donations to big city hospitals,” he said in an AP interview. “Every hospital is hurting for supplies, but it’s the rural hospitals that really feel forgotten.”
He recently 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, Va., to help supply a hospital in nearby Woodstock. The goal is to hit all seven Virginia rural hospitals designated as critical access hospitals.