Zohaib Helps Us

sprinkling kindness in the community

Hi. My name is Zohaib.  Some of my friends like to call me Z or Zuzu.  I am 9 years old.  I am in 4th grade at The Newton School in Virginia!

One thing I love is ALL sports. Playing and watching! I play soccer, basketball and golf. Me and my family love to go to Capitals, Nationals, and DC United games.

I also just love to read books. Books at home, at the library, and at Barnes and Nobles. In my other free time, I play chess, code, paint rocks, build legos, ride my bike, scooter, and swim.

And if I have more free time I learn new things! Its important to try new things. This summer we have been doing a lot of hiking so now I like to discover new parks and new trails. Also me and my cousin are learning skateboarding. Can't do many tricks yet but they look super fun.

Lastly, I love helping people, especially Doctors and Nurses. I think doctors and nurses are amazing superheroes because they save lives. They helped save my life when I was younger and had gotten really sick. I had to leave my school and all the sports I love. But these awesome doctors figured out what was wrong with me, took it out of my body and and cared for me at the hospital. Now I am healthy and can do anything I love.

When the pandemic stated in March 2020, I just knew I had to help the doctors and nurses who had helped me. And so I did! You can read all about how I came up with an idea to collect PPE from hotels. It turned out to be pretty awesome. It is great to be able to help others.  If you know anyone who still needs PPE they can always ask me for some. Just visit the Need PPE page and ill be sure to send some over.


I started learning coding on Kano when I turned 5. Mostly I code in Python. Right now I like to code cool art images like a campsite, sunset, and waterfall. What about you?


Travel is so fun. Seeing new places, learning new words, and eating new foods. Some of my favorite places I went were Netherlands, Spain, Antigua, and West Virginia. In Netherlands I got to see all kinds of windmills. In Antigua I got to I swim with giant stingrays. In West Virginia I rode a horse. Tell me somewhere you think I should visit?


Books I enjoyed reading this year are: DogMan Series by Dav Pilkey Dream Big by Kat Kronenberg Kid Athlethes by David Stabler Pete the Cat by James Dean Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne Anything interesting you are reading?


My favorite checkmate is the ladder checkmate. The move I use most often against my opponents in opening is c5. I did my first chess tournament last year. Once I saw a grand master play against 25 people at once in New York City. Whats your favorite opening?


I love cooking and trying new Foods. Me and my mom go try a new restaurant on our mom-son days. Then we like to cook some of our favorites at home. Some of my favorite foods are gnocchi, pizza, bibimbap, shrimp dumplings and Thai Iced Tea. I am trying to grow some herbs this summer but so far its turning out pretty bad. My little sister keeps drowning them in water.

Me and My Sister

Does anyone else have a little sister? They are so cute but can be so crazy. My sister just turned 3. She is my best friend for a few hours out of everyday. We love to ride our bikes, go scootering, go to the park, go swimming and build magna tiles together. What I don't love is when she breaks my legos, takes my golf clubs, and writes all over my school work. But its ok. I think she will be better after "the terrible threes" end. What do you and your siblings like to do?


Donation Amount

I Kept Hearing About The Problem

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

Finding A Solution

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

An Idea Came To Me

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

Taking Action

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

Going For A Goal

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

President Obama Said I Did A Good Job

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
Dr. OZ Supporting my Work

Thank you to Dr. Mehmet Oz for supporting my work and educating us all on safety measures during COVID 19.

What a cool doctor, I think I am gonna have to add him into the family board!


Commending Zohaib Begg.

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, August 28, 2020

WHEREAS, Zohaib Begg, a rising third-grade student at Guidepost Montessori School in Loudoun County, has dedicated tremendous time and energy to support health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, in the early days of the pandemic, when there was an extreme shortage of personal protective equipment, Zohaib Begg collected more than 6,000 items, including shower caps, gloves, and face masks, that could be used to protect frontline health workers from contracting COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, Zohaib Begg received donations from six hotels in the Ashburn area that responded generously to his petition, including the Hilton Garden Inn, Embassy Suites, Aloft, Courtyard Marriott Dulles, SpringHill Suites, and Hyatt House; and

WHEREAS, Zohaib Begg previously received medical treatment from Inova Fairfax Hospital and was inspired to initiate his collection campaign by his desire to support the doctors and nurses that were there for him in his time of need; and

WHEREAS, in recognition of his extraordinary and selfless good deed, President Barack Obama shared a news article about Zohaib Begg on Twitter on March 30, 2020, describing him as an “inspiring kid”; and

WHEREAS, Zohaib Begg has received praise from around the world, an indication of the ways in which his story has uplifted countless individuals and encouraged others to do their part in the face of this historic public health crisis; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, That Zohaib Begg, a rising third-grade student at Guidepost Montessori School, hereby be commended for his meritorious efforts to support health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Zohaib Begg as an expression of the House of Delegates’ admiration for his service to the Commonwealth.

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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 the help many other unhoused friends in Ward 2.

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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".

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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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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.

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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.

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Hi, I am Zohaib, I am 9 years old, and I traveled to Jamaica in February 2022.
On my trip to Jamaica, I was able to bring two suitcases full of needed supplies for the Barrett School in Montego Bay.
I chose to focus on bringing art supplies such as crayons, markers, colored pencils, coloring books, paints, paint brushes, and palette trays. I also collected a suitcase full of elementary age books so students can enjoy new books. Lastly, I bought learning and strategy games that the students requested such as scrabble, uno, chess, parcheesi, tic-tac-toe, a sports science kit and jigsaw puzzles.
For the school teachers, I brought some of my care kits filled with PPE and first aid supplies such as bandages and antibiotic ointments.
It was a great experience to go to the school and meet all the students. It was much different than my school back home.

Read more about my story here



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So many Americans right now are stepping up to help their communities. Zohaib Begg, a 7-year-old from VA, is one of… https://t.co/kgEAjd7yGX

Health care workers treating COVID-19 patients across the U.S. have repeatedly warned of dangerously low supplies o… https://t.co/1mqdlfmvXH

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE: A 7-year-old Ashburn boy has made it his personal mission to help health care workers on the f… https://t.co/ZSiPmzIKxu

Obama praises 7-year-old Fairfax Co. boy who donated 6,000 masks, gloves, shower caps to hospital https://t.co/Tr7HZzho1W

A 7-year-old in Virginia found a special way to show his appreciation to the hospital workers fighting on the front… https://t.co/WGcPCViwln

Thanks for the note, Zohaib! We loved sharing your story last week on the @CBSEveningNews https://t.co/FQTzq90Hl0 https://t.co/rutwLEHvc5