Hi there, fellow quarantined,
My name is Justin Skaggs, I’m a wood lacrosse stick maker based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While I’m a lacrosse stick maker by trade, I recently learned that I can convert part of my wood shop facility into a medical face shield production operation that can help our healthcare professionals during our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
I’m working with the talented people at Kohelet Yeshiva Lab & Middle School to get the job done. My friend, Dan, is the Fabrication Laboratory Director as well as the art teacher over there, and he has developed this amazing collaboration of different scholastic fabrication programs, creators, and craftsmen, and put them all together to produce these amazing face shields that can actually be sanitized and reused.
They are not disposable. They are awesome. They will save lives.
So, the shop came together quickly and I reached out to him to get his designs and I put them to work in my transformed wood shop. Both he and his wife, Stephanie, created and modified the shields to ensure that these are reusable and durable.
I’m also going to put these designs up on the donation page, in case you guys wanted to produce them as your way of helping this cause.
I’m a builder and this is the only way I know of where I can proactively fight against this pandemic. Providing face shields allows the medical professionals to use their N95 masks longer and it creates an additional area of protection. Giving these for free to the hospital stops them from wasting their very valuable and very limited budgets on face shields and they can use that on other PPE.
If we can count on your help to build these, please know that all of your donations go to the actual materials needed for the masks. All of the labor it requires to produce them is going to be donated by individuals in the Greater Philadelphia area who are giving their time to build, create and distribute these.
It only takes $5 to create a mask. Think of it as a coffee and bagel for the healthcare professional in front of you in line, except it can save a life over and over again.
Now, the supply chain for these has been really tricky to nail down. Fortunately, the folks at Kohelet are really, really good at it, so if we end up not needing donations for materials, we will divert that directly into the CDC Foundation. They’ve been doing some amazing work and we want you to know that all of your money and supplies are going to be timely and effectively used.
Until next time, guys. Take care.
Keep laxin’ and build something.