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Virginia pilot, 16, transports medical provides to small hospitals that want them most

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A 16-year-old Maryland highschool scholar upset that his lacrosse season was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic is on a mission to assist small rural hospitals that desperately want provides, and he’s utilizing his flying expertise to take action.

TJ Kim, a sophomore at Landon College in Bethesda, Md., flew his first supply by airplane on March 27 to a 25-bed hospital in Luray, Va.

“They kind of conveyed to me that they were really forgotten about,” he said. “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.”

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In this photo provided by Thomas Kim, TJ Kim, 16, loads medical supplies into a plane in Leesburg, Va., before flying to a hospital in Luray. Kim began delivering donated medical supplies to rural hospitals in need after realizing his flight training could be put to good use during the coronavirus pandemic. (Thomas Kim via AP)

On this picture supplied by Thomas Kim, TJ Kim, 16, hundreds medical provides right into a airplane in Leesburg, Va., earlier than flying to a hospital in Luray. Kim started delivering donated medical provides to rural hospitals in want after realizing his flight coaching might be put to good use through the coronavirus pandemic. (Thomas Kim through AP)

His most up-to-date supply carried 3,000 gloves; 1,000 head covers, 500 shoe covers, 50 non-surgical masks, 20 pairs of protecting eyewear and 10 bottles of hand sanitizer to assist a hospital in Woodstock.

Kim’s purpose is to make deliveries to seven rural hospitals in Virginia which might be outlined as vital entry hospitals. The trouble started when he talked along with his household in McLean, Va., about methods to serve the neighborhood.

Communities throughout the nation have come collectively to assist weak populations as many states have imposed stay-at-home orders to assist struggle the worldwide pandemic. In San Diego, some cops picked up grocery items for an aged man whereas an Alabama man makes particular deliveries of groceries, hand sanitizer and bathroom paper to others’ houses free of charge.

Kim’s household calls the endeavor Operation SOS — Provides Over Skies. The toughest half is gathering the provides, Kim mentioned.

The teenager started flying after he was gifted a flying lesson by his father for his 15th birthday.

This April 3, 2020 photo provided by Thomas Kim, shows medical supplies before they were flown by teen pilot TJ Kim, who lives in McLean, Va., to Shenandoah Memorial Center the following day. (Thomas Kim via AP)

This April 3, 2020 picture supplied by Thomas Kim, exhibits medical provides earlier than they had been flown by teen pilot TJ Kim, who lives in McLean, Va., to Shenandoah Memorial Middle the next day. (Thomas Kim through AP)

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“After I landed, all I could think about was going back up,” he mentioned.

Kim hopes to attend the Naval Academy and turn out to be a pilot.

The Related Press contributed to this report.