Yuteru Domon is a 15-year-old junior high school student in Date City, Japan. He recently collected 49,512 plastic bottle caps for a charity that gives children in developing countries access to polio vaccines.
Yuteru took charity to a whole new level by collecting almost 50,000 bottle caps all by himself. Starting last June, his goal was to get polio vaccines for 50 children in developing countries. With 800 caps equalling one vaccination, his goal was to collect 40,000. By the time winter vacation rolled around, Yuteru achieved that goal, but he kept on going. He asked for help from his schoolmates, and they brought him whatever caps they could find. The 49,512 bottle caps netted him a total of 1623 yen, enough for 61 vaccinations.
“It was hard to wash and count every single bottle cap,” he said. “I want to thank everybody who helped me.”
While many kids his age just spend their time playing games on their cellphones or watching television, Yuteru decided to save kids around the world…most of which he’s never even met. Yuteru truly is a modern-day hero.