Teen Builds Free Desks For Kids In Need

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This is a Feel Good story you'll wanna not only share with your family but maybe you'll build a desk with them, too, thanks to an idea from a 17-year-old in Northern Virginia to help kids in need. Colby Samide started off by constructing one for himself and then he spent the last week of summer vacation building 40 more to give away to underprivileged kids who need them for distance learning.

When it’s not a pandemic, many kids do their homework at the kitchen table and it’s fine, but when they’re trying to focus on live instruction on a computer, it can be too distracting. But many families can’t afford to go out and buy a desk right now and that’s where Colby’s woodworking skills are really helping out. The high school junior created a Desks for Distance Facebook page to find students who need them and along with requests, donations are pouring in, too.

Now Colby’s goal is to finish 60 more desks for a total of 100. His favorite part of the process? Delivering the simple, sturdy desks to the kids who will get to use them. “That’s the golden moment,” he says.

If you want to build one for your kid or for one in need, Colby walks you through it step by step on this video: