2022 American Purple Cross Youth Good Samaritan Hero: Tyler Mazurkiewicz

For one younger man, giving again is not only a pastime, it is a lifestyle. That is why he’s this yr’s American Purple Cross Youth Good Samaritan Hero.

Tyler Mazurkiewicz spends lots of time in labs making issues work. He is a scholar at Studying Space Group School.

“I’m extra of a arms on particular person in the case of engineering.”

Together with being a honor scholar, Tyler’s been making work of volunteering for years. One weekend a month, from just about the time he might stroll, has been devoted to neighborhood service.

He was adopted from North Korea when he was 5-months previous and his mother says giving again is their household’s lifestyle.

“I needed him to have the ability to be part of his neighborhood during which he lived and so when he was 4 years previous, we turned volunteers for the Salvation Military,” mentioned Paula Mazurkiewicz. 

Tyler says it comes into focus when he was about 6.

“I additionally keep in mind the new canines,” he mentioned”

It was a fundraiser for the Purple Cross. At about the identical time, a household in Sinking Spring misplaced every part in a hearth. Tyler needed to assist so he arrange a lemonade stand at a soccer recreation, elevating greater than $600. 

By way of the years, it has been one service challenge after one other. He is delivered Meals on Wheels, braided paracord bracelets for our troops and despatched them phrases of encouragement. He is put collectively care packages for troopers.

There have been conservation initiatives: he planted timber at Nolde Forest, refinished picnic tables and constructed bluebird homes and butterfly packing containers at Blue Marsh. On the Metropolis Greenhouse in Studying, he repotted crops and labored with the hydroponic and aquaponic plant techniques.

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He is walked canines on the Animal Rescue League, collected greater than 3,000 canned items for Serving to Harvest via CanStructure, and at Thanksgivings previous, Tyler made positive nobody went hungry with free plates at Good Eatz.

He is helped Alvernia College with their Kennedy Home turkey drive for 14-years. He dug carrots and potatoes yearly for 8-years at IHeartHarvest .

He was one of many volunteers who put collectively greater than 200,000 packets of mac and cheese on the United Approach’s “The Massive Cheese” occasion.

He is frolicked with youngsters at Alternative Home and have become an Eagle Scout at 15.

The checklist is lengthy and numerous and that was only a little bit of it, proving one particular person could make a distinction.

He was honored on the American Purple Cross Berks County Heroes Breakfast. Berks County hero nominations for 2023 are actually being accepted.