PPE for Guam Sets a Goal of Creating 500 Additional Face Masks & 1,000 More Face Shields by April 17th

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The Volunteer group PPE for Guam has announced updates regarding recent donations, establishing the organization’s first milestone goals, and opening an office in Hagatna.

Announcing 1st Milestone Goal

Following its initial round of donations to local hospitals and first responders, PPE for Guam is announcing an ambitious goal of creating 500 additional facemasks and 1,000 additional face shields by April 17th.

“This is the first of a series of milestone goals,” said PPE for Guam co-founder, Allison Rutter. “We hope that a target like this will generate attention, and motivate volunteers to join our cause,” she continued. “We must move quickly. Guam’s first responders and medical community need thousands more face masks and shields. There’s a dire shortage of PPE, right now, and every volunteer can make a big difference,” added Rutter.

Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to visit PPEforGuam.com for more information. They may also email PPEforGuam@gmail.com, or join the organization’s facebook group at facebook.com/groups/PPEforGuam. Volunteers with sewing experience or a 3D printer, in particular, are encouraged to join.

New Office

PPE for Guam recently moved into new office space on the first floor of Ada Plaza Center in Hagatna (173 Aspinall Avenue, Suite 101), directly to the left of Mighty Purple. The 1,200 square foot space will serve as a central hub to coordinate volunteers. It will also be used to produce, store and distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as face masks and face shields, that will be donated to local healthcare workers and first responders.

The office space is donated by Ada’s Trust and Investment. “We’re incredibly grateful to Mr. Sonny Ada and Ada’s Trust and Investment for helping fight this pandemic,” said Allison Rutter, co-founder of PPE for Guam. “Thanks to their generosity, we now have a centralized location to coordinate volunteers, store and distribute materials to make PPE, and run our 3D printing farm. This significant donation greatly expands our capacity, and will directly benefit hundreds of local healthcare workers and first responders,” she added.

First Donations

On April 9th and 10th, volunteer group PPE for Guam donated 550 face shields to Guam Memorial Hospital and Guam Regional Medical City. Made by local volunteers using 3D printers, the face shields help protect healthcare workers from the spread of infectious material.

On April 3rd, PPE for Guam donated 175 sewn, reusable face masks to the Guam Office of Civil Defense, who will forward them to local hospitals and first responders.

“Like much of the country, there’s currently a shortage of PPE on Guam,” said Jennifer McFerran, a lead volunteer with PPE for Guam. “We’ve received a number of requests from local hospitals, clinics, non-profits, and first responders, and our volunteers are doing all they can to help fill the need,” she added.

About PPE for Guam

PPE for Guam is a grassroots, all-volunteer organization formed to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to donate to Guam’s healthcare professionals, first responders, and others at high risk of contracting Covid-19.

PPE for Guam also accepts donations at www.gofundme.com/f/ppeforguam. All funds are used to purchase the raw materials needed for volunteers to produce PPE.

For images and video, including those taken of recent donations, feel free to use any found here: tinyurl.com/PPEforGuam-Pics