“I can help. I’m making a difference.”- Isaiah Shin
When schools closed in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Isaiah Shin and Evelyn Shin, grade 5 and 4, watched as COVID-19 patients filled hospitals and courageous healthcare workers rushed to their sides. They saw on TV that people were making ear guards from 3D printers for first responders whose ears would become chafed from long hours of wearing masks. They did not have access to a 3D printer, but they knew they wanted to help. So Isaiah and Evelyn got creative and used what they had. Within 20 minutes, they came up with their own version of ear guards made with small colorful rubber bands, normally used to make weaved bracelets, and “Hero Helpers” was born.
What started with a few gifts to friends and church members grew to donations of over 1,500 Hero Helpers to 6 hospitals across the nation. Isaiah and Evelyn are still making Hero Helpers and most importantly, they know they are making a difference.