Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been the essential workers all around the globe who have been making sure that our world continues to run smoothly. There have been many companies who’ve been giving discounts or free items to essential workers as a way of saying “thank you” for their enormous sacrifices in keeping societies around the planet running.
And for one 22-year-old New Jersey native, his method of thanking essential workers is nothing short of creative and heartfelt. When Eddie Lin was 3-years-old, he was diagnosed with autism.
Growing up, his parents were very supportive of their son. While Eddie is close with both parents, his mother explained that it’s his father that he has the strongest relationship with.
Besides being close with his dad growing up, Eddie also developed an interest in balloons as a kid. This fascination led the young boy to begin looking at balloons as more of an art form than a round ball of gas. Eddie started watching videos on YouTube where he began teaching himself the art of balloon sculpting.
His parents encouraged their son’s creativity and even helped him further his talent. In 2014 Eddie was taken on two different but very special trips to the family’s native Taiwan where his parents enrolled him in professional classes in order for him to expand his balloon skills.
Eddie has become known as the Ausome Balloon Creator on social media. A lot of his inspirations have also been drawn from his other love: superheroes. However, his interest in superheroes isn’t just limited to the silver screen. Eddie wanted to find a way to honor the everyday heroes of the pandemic.
After a family friend who works as a grocery store manager shared her stresses of work during the COVID-19 pandemic, Eddie chose to cheer her up with a balloon sculpture. From there, it became his own heartfelt way of giving back to those who’ve given so much during the world health crisis.
As Eddie’s mother shared with CNN, “In his head, people who go above and beyond, those are heroes.”
This cannot be any more true. What an incredibly kind young man. Way to go Eddie!
Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.