SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - A Valley teen is getting some national recognition after he also opened up a personal protection equipment vending machine in Scottsdale.
"The Sanitation Station" is the first of its kind at the Scottsdale Quarter shopping center near Scottsdale Road and Butherus Drive.
14-year-old Dylan Capshaw says he started printing and donating face masks and face shields back in April. Five months later, he began looking for machines and finding vendors. Now the machine is up and running with PPE products and locally-sourced food and drinks.
He's volunteered to help people since the pandemic began and his efforts made him a recent Time magazine-Nickelodeon Kid of the Year nominee.
"Amazing. I was just in shock when I find out I was nominated. When I found out I was a finalist, one of 20, I couldn't believe it. That was insane," said Dylan. "My goal is to get all the PPE and masks readily available for everybody and I feel like we should all be doing our part in helping out the community. Especially our local community to stay safe during these troubling times."
The vending maching also has tissue, hand sanitizer, water, and kombucha for sale.
You can find the PPE vending sanitation station near the Lululemon store by the restrooms.
In order to protect yourself from a possible infection, the CDC recommends:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Monitor your health daily