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16-Year-Old Aspiring Pilot Taking Flights to Deliver Much Needed PPE and Other Medical Supplies to Hospitals

TJ Kim, a 16-year-old aspiring pilot who has been delivering personal protective equipment (PPE) to critical access hospitals in rural Virginia, expanded his efforts into Maryland this month. On Friday, Aug. 21, he landed at St. Mary’s County Regional Airport to donate to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. “We are incredibly grateful to be included in TJ’s mission,” said Christine Wray, president of MedStar St. Mary’s. “His desire to help communities such as ours during this crisis is heartwarming and we were excited to be able to greet him and offer our thanks on behalf of our hospital and our community.” The idea of Operation Supplies Over the Skies (SOS) took shape after many other activities TJ was involved in were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Already pursuing his private pilot’s license, TJ decided to use his time in the air for a greater purpose—delivering much-needed supplies to hospitals in rural communities. “It has always been a dream of mine to become a Navy pilot,” said TJ who has received a lot of media attention for his efforts in the last few months. The publicity “has been crazy, something I never expected,” he said. TJ acquires supplies locally, but on […]

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