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Metro Detroit teen launches website to get essential items for those who can't

Posted at 4:14 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 17:31:32-04

(WXYZ) — The many displays of people helping each other has been seen all over metro Detroit, and sharing these stories, helps brighten the days and gives us all hope.

Jonah Liss, 16, of Bloomfield Township first heard about COVID-19 in January.

“By the time it spread to Italy and Iran, I had a pretty good feeling it was going to come to the US. So, I started brainstorming ways to be able to help”, says Jonah.

That being said, Jonah came up with something incredible, useful, with kindness at its core.
The name of the company he founded and owns is called Mediumize.

“I definitely had my grandparents in mind and people who have compromised immune systems. We’re just hoping to constantly expand how many people we are able to help.

Jonah’s company is a volunteer based, delivery service.

What Mediumize does is get groceries, prescriptions and essential items for those who can not do it themselves. It’s simple to use. Just place your order on, and a volunteer will pick it up, pay and deliver it safely to your doorstep. The volunteer is then reimbursed for the purchase.

“There is no cost associated with this. People are usually so grateful that they leave a tip, but it’s not required. Because we recognize cost is one of the main barriers that’s stopping people from using other services. It’s very fulfilling and I just like helping people”, says Jonah.

Emails chains, social media, platforms like Next Door and word of mouth, has Jonah’s business booming.

Other teenagers have gotten involved and adults too.

Right now, there are 100 volunteers in 28 cities!

Mediumize also offers technology assistance services. So, it’s 3 prong. Which include, physical errands, online assistance and communal efforts. Like, making masks, collecting and delivery of PPE supplies, care packages, articles and compiling resources.

To learn more about using the service or getting involved, go to

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