SALISBURY, Md. – On Saturday, a 16-year-old student pilot from Virginia was greeted with open arms as he landed at the Salisbury Regional Airport.
As coronavirus cases continue to climb, TJ Kim is making it his mission to deliver medical supplies to states along the coast. Tidal Health is among the recipients of his Operation Supplies Over the Skies receiving more than 4,000 items of personal protective equipment.
“It’s truly inspirational if you look at a 16-year-old flying around Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia delivering supplies,” said Supply Chain & Support Services Vice President at TidalHealth Scott Phillips.
Kim says he’s working on getting his pilot license and wants to help make a difference along the way. He even got the attention of President Donald Trump back in May.
“So, I kind of talked with my dad and we came up with ways to combine flying with community service and so we kind of came with this idea and it’s just grown on ever since,” said Kim.
TidalHealth says they appreciate Kim’s efforts because getting the supplies they need right now is tough.
“Shortages come with higher costs so by TJ donating these supplies it’s really helped us in certain areas where we’re incurring shortages and it’s helping us to build and maintain our inventory,” said Phillips.
Overall, Kim says he hopes to create change by inspiring others to help and serve people in need.
“I’d love to encourage everyone to get out and serve especially during these times cause everyone’s hurting,” said Kim, “Just try to help in any that you can.”
TJ Kim says he’s delivered more than 50,000 personal protective equipment supplies to hospitals in need. Phillips says different local organizations and schools have also provided supplies to TidalHealth.