Alisha Sadiq is the owner of beauty product supplier House of Sadiq which is located on Kings Road in North Ormesby.
And when the pandemic began 12 months ago the first thoughts of the 22-year-old was how she could help others.
Soon, with help from mam Rabeener, she was preparing care packages for care home residents across Teesside.
Before long they had prepared and delivered 10,000 packages which included a mixture of items to help the fight against covid-19 such as hand sanitiser and masks and more general care items.
As a result of her selfless acts Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston has declared Alisha, who also recently graduated from Teesside University in a business management course, as the latest recipient of a Boro Hero award.
The Mayor said: "What Alisha and her mam did at the start of the pandemic was really fantastic.
"At the time they could have been forgiven for worrying about what it would mean for their business but instead all their thoughts were on how they could help others.
"Alisha is a truly deserving winner of a Boro Hero award."
On hearing she would be receiving the award Alisha said: "I said ‘are you sure they've got the right person?' It's nice to be recognised but really we just wanted to help."