PLAINFIELD, NJ — There have been many stories told of everyday people wanting to give back to first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is another deserving one — meet "Kori the SoapMaker," a 7-year-old who lives in the Netherwood Heights section of Plainfield.

Kori Johnson, who can often be seen riding bikes with her brother and parents, decided to give homemade soap bars to essential workers. She "wants to help the community and make soap for the doctors and nurses, so they can wash their hands.” According to the CDC, washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds is one of the ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Her soaps come in various shapes and colors, with hints of peppermint, lavender, or coconut papaya. So far, according to her parents Kwanza and John, “Kori the SoapMaker” has committed to donating over 100 soap bars to essential workers, including those at: 

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  • Brightview Warren — Senior Assisted Living & Memory Care;
  • Clara Mass Medical Center in Belleville;
  • Hoboken University Medical Center in Hoboken;
  • Home Instead Senior Care in Florida;
  • My Kota Bear, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides support to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) families;
  • The Juvenile Unit at the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office;
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston;
  • Verizon Fios field technicians in Irvington.

Kori will continue to make more soap for those in need, and she encourages others to give her soap to those who need it as well.

For more information on her mission, and how to donate to her cause, email Kori through her dad, John Johnson III, at is Plainfield's free online daily newspaper for Plainfield, NJ news. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @PlainfieldTAP, and on Instagram @tapintoplainfield for all of your Plainfield local news. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

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