A Woodgrove High School junior has launched a new project to assist local families in need as they prepare for online learning from home.

Purcellville resident Colby Samide was inspired by an organization called Desks for Dads, a Maryland-based nonprofit that is building desks for kids, and he wanted to launch a similar concept in Loudoun County.

“I wanted to give back to the community, and I feel like this is the perfect way to do it,” Samide told the Times-Mirror.

He has a passion for woodworking and has built several items to use around the house, including a porch swing for his mom and a bench to use by the fire pit. He also recently created a desk for himself.

Samide is a member of Makersmiths in Purcellville and says he enjoys building things from the group’s woodworking shop.

“It’s a great community, and all of the members have been so welcoming to me,” Samide said.

He has bought materials for the desks, which he estimates at about $40 each. The wood is cut at Makersmiths, and he assembles the desks at home, taking about 45 minutes each.

Samide has reached out to several teachers who are connecting him with families who are in need of desks.

In only a few days, he raised about $2,000 and has built 38 desks. He has requests for 29 more. Samide says he has received enough contributions to cover the cost of building those desks.

“Unfortunately I am unable to take any more requests. However, I am hoping the project will evolve and I can build a team of others who would like to join me in the effort,” he said.

More information can be found at Facebook.com/Desks4Distance.

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