Not all superheroes wear masks. … Oh, wait. … Yes, they do. Currently our doctors, nurses, first responders and scientists are battling the COVID-19 pandemic at great personal risk. The protective gear they need to do their jobs is running low, but some generous and ingenious Merrimack Valley residents are stepping up to fill the gap.
Despite the fact that her North Andover boutique is closed, Dani Kaye owner Jaime Sloan has gotten to work to acquire masks for the medical professionals that need them. She has already distributed 2,000 masks and 40 disposable body suits to hospitals locally and in Boston, with more on the way. She’s been securing donations from local businesses such as Sun Nails and Spa in Chelmsford. Jamie is continuing to acquire more pieces and will get them into the appropriate hands. If you’re a nail salon and have any extra masks, please contact Jaime through Dani Kaye’s Facebook and Instagram page ASAP! Please follow the hashtag #maskamerica for updates.
The Artisans Exchange in Chelmsford has put a call out to their sewing friends who want to help while you are home. They’ve shared a link to this YouTube video on How to make a mask for doctors, nurses and health care workers for COVID-19. Drop them at the Artisans Exchange, hang them on the door in front or back, and they will get them to where they need to go. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
Lowell Makes members are currently working on several initiatives to produce PPE (personal protective equipment), including a collaboration with local nursing staff to 3D print protective masks. At this time, all of their 3D printers are being dedicated to this project. If you have a 3D printer and PLA or PETG filament, please join them in printing as many of these masks as you can. Visit the Lowell makes website for more details.
[Updated March 30, 2020 at 10:39 a.m.] New Balance is working to develop, manufacture and deliver facial masks to the hospital community from their Lawrence manufacturing facility..
If you know of anyone else making masks or PPE, please share in the comments below.