16-year-old student pilot delivers personal protective equipment to North Central Regional Airport

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CLARKSBURG, West Virginia – On Tuesday, a 16-year-old student pilot from McLean, Va., Flew to North Central West Virginia Airport, delivering more than 5,000 items of personal protective equipment.

These PPE items will help the medical staff at Grafton City Hospital. Student pilot TJ Kim decided to do his part by creating “Supplies Over Skies” by providing PPE to critical access rural hospitals in Mountain State and Maryland and his home state of Virginia.

“To be able to do both of these things at the same time. Like helping out and seeing how grateful these hospital workers are. But also, using that flight time to help progress towards obtaining a pilot’s license has been great, ”Kim said.

Many hospital workers at the North Central West Virginia Airport said they appreciate Kim and her donation to the Grafton City Hospital.

“The supplies are a godsend; they are a blessing. We have isolation gowns, gloves, N95 breathing masks and puffy caps. And that’s all missing, ”said Violet Shaw, senior director of patient care services at Grafton City Hospital.

Kim hopes to be a naval aviator and continue his efforts to help others. Hospital officials said every piece of PPE they receive helps protect their frontline workers.


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