Teen Donates 11K Masks to Hospital, Hopes to Dispel Bias Against Asian Americans amid Pandemic

15 year old Valerie Xu of Texas tells PEOPLE she had no hesitations about jumping into action when she began to notice a shortage of masks and PPE in hospitals across the U.S.

“This is something that’s happening nationwide,” says the 15-year-old student. “Especially in a first world country like the U.S., these things should not be happening and I think as people in this country, we have a civic duty to try and help these [first responders] any way possible.”

“I’m just really happy that I’m able to make a difference and want to show that Asian Americans are with health workers and we want to unite,” the Addison teen says.

“It means a lot to me because I want to try and inspire a lot of other Asian American women like me,” she explains. “I just want to make a difference. I want to show others that Asian Americans are standing alongside health workers [and] are willing to help contribute.”

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