Hero of the Week: Olivia Tyler

Image: Good Morning America

You’re never too young to make a difference and seven-year-old Olivia Tyler is on a mission to protect Chicago’s homeless from COVID-19 by providing housing insecure people free facemasks.

Olivia’s Mom Linda told Good Morning America that her daughter turned to her and asked, “How are homeless people going to get masks? How are they going to afford them?.” The pair went out and bought facial coverings in bulk then sold a few online to members of their local congregation for $5. With each sale, Olivia could donate another mask to people on the streets.

As GMA reported, with the help of her parents, Olivia launched her own nonprofit– Olivia Dru Cares— after the family realized lots of neighbors and friends wanted to pitch in. She began making her own masks, including two hands embracing to represent the collective effort against COVID-19 and others with hearts.

So far, Olivia has donated more than 800 masks, walking through tent cities and encampments for personal deliveries with her parents.

If you’re able to, please consider donating to Olivia’s nonprofit here, every bit helps!

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