“It was very helpful to receive their donation,” said Allen. “We provide those items to our families and we rely heavily on the community. We still need help because our families are running through supplies.”
Chang, 16, said the student group also passed out 30 boxes to homeless people living on downtown Atlanta streets.
In April, COVID Care donated items to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Chang and COVID Care Vice President Art He delivered 300 single wipes, a bundle of Clorox wipes, and nearly 30 masks, said Ansley Johnson, a volunteer coordinator at the hospital.
Omeed Kalan, one of the first classmates Chang contacted to help start COVID Care, serves as director of resource development.
“When I first heard about coronavirus in January and February, we didn’t actually think it was going to affect us,” Kalan said. “Then Eric said he wanted us to do something for the community that could have a really big impact.”
Three parents of COVID Care team members serve as advisers.
Chang now wants to network with other youth-led organizations around Georgia.
“Our nonprofit is student run,” he said. “We really do most of the work. Our goal is to create a statewide network of students who are working on other projects. We want to bring all these youth organizations together to share resources.”