As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is more important than ever that we help our children understand why wear- ing a face mask is important and how to do so correctly to protect themselves and others.

Annapolis—On Monday, July 20, 2020, Comptroller Peter Franchot presented the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award for Baltimore County virtually to eight-year-old Tyler Stallings, CEO of Kid Time Enterprises, for his work distributing desperately needed supplies to homeless veterans.

Tyler encountered his first homeless veteran when he was four years old, prompt-ing his desire to do something tangible to improve the man’s life and circumstances.Hailing from a family of veterans, Tyler could not understand why, after serving our country, these heroes were left to live on the streets. He partnered with nonprofit organizations like the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET) and Patriot House, writing children’s books to raise money for the purchase and distribution of laptops, clothes, hygiene products and other lifesaving supplies to homeless veterans in Baltimore County and beyond.

Undeterred by the outbreak of COVID-19, Tyler has stepped up his efforts to provide homeless veterans with critical items like hand sanitizer and face masks to protect them during the pandemic.“I would like to think the comptroller, Mr. Franchot, and his staff for allowing me to become a 2019 William Donald Schaefer People Helping People awardee for Baltimore County. On behalf of homeless veterans I help support who are in programs here in Maryland, and elders who served who reside in this great state, I thank you all. Receiving this great award will help to raise more awareness about how anyone can honor and assist our veterans in need,” Tyler said. “When I asked my mom to start The Give Back to Veterans project, I never imagined that I would be able to help thousands of veterans, and partner with non-profits which helped them to get on their feet, and return to their families.”