Battling the Virus by Cristi Haley….
Thank you for helping me as I help supply PPE for our healthcare heroes! Healthcare workers are working tirelessly around the clock to help us, and now it’s our turn to show our gratitude. Every day they are going to work and risking their lives, many of whom have little to no protection against the virus. I was inspired when I saw others who were helping to battle the virus and wondered, as a high school student, “what could I do?” I saw the shortage in PPE gear and decided I could help by making face shields. I purchased a 3D Printer, found an NIH approved design, researched local organizations that could use them, and began printing the face shields.
With your help, I can continue to produce these face shields. I hope to begin by creating 100 face shields, then progress from there. With a contribution of $25, I can create 5 more shields, as well as protect five more lives. All contributions, no matter the size, help!
Please contribute and spread the word to help us Battle the Virus! Follow @battlingthevirus on Instagram or Facebook for updates and see the impact your contributions are having!
Use of funds:
Our initial supplies and equipment were $500. Your contributions will be used to purchase additional materials such as filament to produce the visors for the face shields. As the visors are completed, they will be given to local organizations that assemble, sanitize, and distribute to them to individuals and organizations that need them. In the case that I raise more funds than I need to cover expenses and taxes, I will ensure that the funds are used to help other reputable organizations such as those listed below that need the funds to procure materials to produce PPE to battle Covid19.
After researching local organizations, I located two organizations that are effectively assembling, sanitizing, and distributing the PPE gear to healthcare workers, first responders, and hospitals. I am confident that the visors I create with your contributions will be used and distributed to healthcare heroes through these organizations. I will donate excess funds to these organizations as they need it to cover the cost of materials for their efforts.
Miamifightingcovid.com in support of OSMS Face Shields
A community of volunteers, many who have altered their businesses, many that have given their time, and many in the "maker" space of 3D printing, such as Thomas Pupo at Moonlighterfablab.com, that have come together to help our healthcare heroes. Over 2000 face shields have been delivered by this organization.
FAU | ADHUS
Students ranging from 5 to 18, along with 2 faculty members at Florida Atlantic University’s Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies at A.D. Henderson University School (ADHUS) and FAU High School have worked tirelessly to create 3D printed face shields, intubation chambers and ear savers for several local hospitals in Palm Beach County. So far, they have produced or delivered more than 1000 face shields, more than 500 ear savers and 36 intubation chambers.
I want to personally thank Mario the Maker, Dan at Velossa Tech, Allan Phipps at FAU|ADHUS, and Alex at Davincis3D lounge for sharing their knowledge to help me get started on this journey.
I’m so excited to be able to help our healthcare heroes that are Battling the Virus! Please join me!
5/2/2020: Contributed the first $100 to MiamiFightingCovid with funds raised from this campaign.
5/6/2020: First delivery of visors for face shields to MiamiFightingCovid.
5/8/2020: First delivery of face shields for PPE to FAU|ADHUS.
First Batch of 3D Printed Headbands for the Face Shields!
The Final Product (this batch made by VelossaTech and Designed by 3dverkstan) [Photo credit Moonlighter and Velossa Tech]
Local healthcare workers receiving face shields from MiamiFightingCovid. [Photo Credit Moonlighter]
More About Me:
I am currently a 9th-grade high school student that feels passionate about helping people Battle the Virus. I have personally seen friends of our family that have both been affected by the virus and those that have helped people recover from it. I am so grateful for all their efforts, and that is what motivated me to begin this project. I hope to have an impact, no matter the size.