sprinkling kindness in the community
There's many doctors in my family and I kept hearing about the shortage of personal protective equipment from them and also on the news.Mar 12, 2020
I wanted to make masks, and started watching YouTube videos on how to make them, but realized I did not know how to sew nor did I have the necessary equipment. Then I started thinking about what else I could do.Mar 16, 2020
I overheard my Aunt, an ER doctor, asking if she could borrow my mom's swim caps because there was a shortage of headgear. That made me think maybe she could use a shower cap instead, so I asked her if shower caps could be used as PPE, and she said yes. I knew exactly who would have a bunch of shower caps!Mar 19, 2020
Because I travel so much with my family, I remembered that hotel rooms always have shower caps. I made a list of all the hotels in my town, and I asked my mom if she would help me call them for shower caps donations. Not only did I collect a bunch of shower caps, I was able to collect masks and gloves too!Mar 23, 2020
I was so excited to tell my aunt and the hospital that I had collected 3000 units of PPE, but I wanted to collect even more. That same night I saw in the news that the Washington National Cathedral donated 5000 masks to nearby hospitals (https://cathedral.org/press-room/cathedral-to-donate-5000-masks-to-hospitals-to-combat-coronavirus/), and I just knew I could beat that number. I convinced my mom to please please let me keep going even though the shutdown had started.Mar 26, 2020
I kept calling and going to other hotels who had supplies for me, and when I counted again, I had reached 6009 units of PPE (https://abcnews.go.com/US/year-donates-6000-masks-gloves-caps-hotels-hospital/story?id=69948357)! We immediately called the hospital to let them know about the supplies we had collected for them, and they quickly sent a courier to my house to collect everything.Mar 28, 2020
My local community was inspired by what I did, but I could not believe that President Obama heard about what I did and thought I did a good job and then tweeted about my work.Mar 30, 2020
I continue to collect PPE from hotels and provide it to those in need. If you need PPE, please click here for a PPE kit.Jul 01, 2020
This Bridge is called Angie's Bridge to honor Ms. Angela Hill, a homeless resident who lived under this bridge for 20 years and very sadly passed away in Feb 2021 due to the harsh winter. For many weeks after her passing, Ms. Sharon Wise, a homeless advocate called on people to come, remember, and celebrate Ms. Angie's life to remind her family and the community that she is not forgotten. Together with Positive Chalk DC we created a mural to honor Ms. Angie and I provided care kits to help many other unhoused friends in Ward 2.
Ronald McDonald Houses provide much more than a place to stay. They provide comfort, support, and resources for families with sick children just steps from the hospital. They are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal, or where they will lay their head at night to rest. I know first hand how special this place is because my family had to live here while my baby sister recovered from surgery.
The DC house has been serving families since 1980. They have 32 guest suites, a multipurpose family room; kitchen, dining room; laundry room; and a play room. Outdoor space includes a deck, courtyard, and playground. The newly renovated VA House just opened and has 24 guest suites, a multipurpose family room, kitchen, dining room, 2 laundry rooms, and a play room. The outdoor courtyard has a patio, playground, and picnic area. Both Houses are essential to our community and the children that depend on their services. Please consider sending some items of my wish list to keep their Pantry STUFFED this winter! I'll be dropping off next on Feb 17, 2022.Click Here For WishList
Meet my friend Matteo, a 5th grader trying to help peers with cancer. Matteo believes kids should support other kids. He has used his love for running to support kids with cancer by competing in 35 races in 15 states and two countries – totaling 125 miles. In every race, he wore a cape featuring a child battling cancer. Matteo’s efforts have given over 100 sick children a social lifeline. He like me learned there are no age requirements for making a difference. I am so honored to serve on the Youth Ambassador Board of his organization "Off the Charts".
Be Off the Charts with your actions. You can help OTC Kids by: 1) Donate medals from previous or future races (any kind) so that we can give to kids with cancer for their bravery. 2) Let us know of a cancer-fighting child hero in your community. 3) Help us send care packages to children by donating items or donating money to Matteo here: https://otckids.org
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