Mamaroneck, New York high schooler Jerry Orans saw a need and put his friends (and their printers) to work. Join in!
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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
So wrote Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers, back in 2002. And true enough, in the midst of the pandemic, I didn’t have to look far to find a helper. Jerry Orans is a 16-year-old high school sophomore in my home community of Mamaroneck, NY, who is more than just helping: He is leading a movement of makers to get hospital workers the PPE they so desperately need.
We spoke on the phone about his passion project, Hack the Pandemic, and how you can help support this incredible grassroots effort to equip the first responders.
Dan Bova: What gave you the idea to do this?
Jerry Orans: I’ve been reading for a while about how all of these hospitals in the New York area don’t have enough PPE or personal protective equipment to safely treat their patients, while also keeping