Two 17-year-olds put pandemic downtime to good use, creating websites to help others – OCRegister

Two 17-year-olds put pandemic downtime to good use, creating websites to help others – OCRegister

What can two 17-year-old boys do to counter a raging pandemic while hunkered down for months at home?

Plenty, if they happen to be Jay Doshi and Jackie Ni.

The two teens don’t know each other — Doshi lives in Cerritos and Ni in Irvine; they attended different high schools. But they’ve been like minded of late, matching their considerable skills with a desire to help others as the coronavirus grips the nation.

Each came up with an idea for a website to connect people in need to the goods or services or money that can help them. With big assists from family and friends, each made his idea a reality and are reaching thousands of people. And both have done all this while finishing online classes and other tasks, like getting ready for the coming college year.

  • Jackie Ni at his home in Irvine, CA, on Friday, August 7, 2020. Ni’s SupplyCrate.org website has facilitated the donation – and tracking — of about 400,000 pieces of PPE to places around the country – senior care centers, hospitals, schools, and more. Recently, Ni launched BLM Supply Crate to get masks to protesters. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Jay Doshi at his home in Cerritos, CA, on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Doshi built the California Social Resource Database with the help
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