A 7th Grader from Florida named Joshua Runde has been helping supply Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, for local healthcare workers.
How? You might ask? Apparently Joshua has a talent for robotics and electronic equipment! And with help from his robotics coach and some money that he was able to save up he has been 3D-Printing plastic face shields to donate.
“So, in my robotics club, one of the coaches had a 3D file for the face masks that people were trying to print,” Runde said. “The coach contacted my teacher, who then contacted me, knowing I have a 3D printer. So he knew I could start producing them.”
Joshua not only had a 3D printer, but also the know-how to use it and he has been doing so. “I’ve been able to make about 250 masks,” he said. “I’m continuing to donate. I’m making masks as people need them.” He has been making these donations to front-line workers in the Florida Keys who are in need.
This would be more than enough for young Joshua to be your Good News Story of the Day, and indeed you can find it in full here. But more than that!
He’s also been recognized for his efforts. Baskin Robins has a Pint-Sized Hero program that celebrates and rewards young people who give back to their communities and they honoured Joshua with a year of free ice cream, but more importantly $5,000 to the charity of his choice.
He chose 4KIDS, which is a charity that provides homes to children and young adults in crises across South Florida and the Treasure Coast. A wonderful choice from an exceptional young man.
Story and Image from the Sun-Sentinel.