High School Sophomore Flies Medical Supplies to Rural Hospitals

by AmericasKeepersAdmin on April 07, 2020

A 16 year old pilot has decided to put his skills to good use to help medical professionals in rural areas get supplies that they need to continue the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

TJ Kim is a sophomore in Bethesda MD who learned how to fly after his father gave him a flying lesson for his 15th birthday. Since school is closed and his lacrosse season has been cancelled he decided to make it his mission to help hospitals in rural areas.

His goal is to make deliveries to seven rural hospital that are considered critical access facilities in Virginia. The idea came to him after talking to family in Virginia about ways to help.

Kim made his first delivery to a small rural hospital in Luray VA on March 27th.

“They kind of conveyed to me that they were really forgotten about. Everyone was wanting to send donations to big city hospitals. Every hospital is hurting for supplies, but it’s the rural hospitals that really feel forgotten.”
– TJ Kim

His most recent delivery went to a hospital in Woodstock. He was able to bring the hospital 3,000 gloves; 1,000 head covers, 500 shoe covers, 50 non-surgical masks, 20 pairs of protective eye-wear and 10 bottles of hand sanitizer

The hardest part for Kim is gathering the supplies, but he remains committed to helping rural hospitals. The family calls his endeavor Operation SOS, Supplies over Skies

It is amazing to see the generosity of a 16 year old to help medical professionals who are the front lines of the war against the coronavirus.


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