Liem Kaplan may only be 13 years old, but he’s already spent the past seven years of his life serving his community.
Since COVID-19 hit the Seattle area, he’s been applying his generous nature tenfold: getting more than 5,000 masks, as well as sanitizer, food, clothing, and shelter to others—whatever it takes to help those most in need stay protected from the virus.
The teen’s drive to do good for others comes from being supported in some challenges of his own: Liem was born with arms that are little different from most others. Adopted as an 11-month-old from Vietnam, his Washington family has been cheering him all the way in his altruistic endeavors, and he’s been hosting coat drives and other campaigns for vulnerable kids since the age of six.
This hero isn’t about to stop helping others anytime soon. When Q13 FOX asked him how long he plans to keep showing up for others, he said, “Probably the rest of my life.”
As for those people Liem and his volunteer crew are helping? 62-year-old Tony recently found himself homeless for the first time. When Liem helped find a hotel for him to stay in, Tony only had one word to describe his new friend. He’s an “angel,” he stated.