PPE for Guam volunteers recently aimed to make 500 face masks and 1,000 face shields over five days (April 12-17), but volunteers shattered those goals, sewing 925 face masks and 3D-printing 1,025 face shields during the five-day sprint.
“This is truly a community effort,” said PPE for Guam lead volunteer and social media coordinator, Jennifer McFerran.
“We hear the most inspiring stories. Volunteers using a sewing machine for the first time in decades. Others learning to sew for the first time by watching YouTube videos. Families making PPE together, and teachers 3D-printing face shields around the clock. We’re so proud to be a part of this.”
2nd “Sprint Goal” Set
On Tuesday, PPE for Guam volunteers voted to set ambitious targets for the group’s second sprint.
The group aims to sew 1,200 face masks and make 1,800 face shields over the next ten days (April 22 – May 1).
“Traditional face masks and shields are single-use, and often can’t be sterilized,” explained PPE for Guam co-founder, Cyrus Luhr. “Sewn face masks and 3D-printed face shields take time to make, but they’re more reusable and help address the dire shortage of PPE facing our hospitals and frontliners.”
PPE Donations Made
To date, PPE for Guam has donated over 1,400 handmade reusable face masks and 1,500 3D-printed face shields to numerous local organizations.
While local hospitals are primary recipients, masks and shields have also been donated to the Guam Office of Civil Defense, Oasis Empowerment Center, Sanctuary Incorporated of Guam, St. Dominic’s Senior Care Home, local clinics, and many other organizations.
Sewing Kits and 3D-Printer Filament Available; Volunteers Sought
PPE for Guam is now providing free supplies to volunteers making face masks and face shields from home.
Sewing Kits include all the pre-shrunk cloth, nose clips, and bands needed to sew a reusable face mask. PETG and PLA filament are also available for volunteers making 3D-printed face shields.
“Anyone interested in volunteering should contact us for free sewing or printing supplies,” said Luhr. “We can also schedule drop-offs of materials, for those unable to reach our Hagatna office.”
PPE for Guam may be reached through social media or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to visit PPEforGuam.com for more information or join the organization’s facebook group at facebook.com/groups/PPEforGuam
About PPE for Guam
PPE for Guam is a grassroots, all-volunteer organization that makes 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 accepts donations at www.gofundme.com/f/ppeforguam. All funds are used to purchase the raw materials needed for volunteers to produce PPE.
PPE for Guam is located on the first floor of Ada Plaza Center on Aspinall Avenue in Hagatna (next to Mighty Purple), in office space generously donated by Ada’s Trust and Investment. The space is open from noon-4pm every weekday.