Community / March 11, 2021
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There’s a quote that has been running through my mind lately from Mr. Rogers, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘ Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ ”
There are many people who want to help with the present situation, but other than staying home and social distancing, it’s hard to feel like you’re making an impact. However, I recently came across a few different projects that would allow those in the AEC industry to make a difference that I wanted to share. This is a chance for you to literally #MakeItHappen. Please help if you can!
While 3-D printers can be useful for helping clients visualize a project’s appearance, they have an even greater function right now. All over the country, thousands of people with access to 3-D printers have been assisting healthcare professionals by printing items that are in short supply. If your office has access to 3-D printers, please help the effort!
What you can print:
If you own a sewing machine, you can help the 100 Million Mask Challenge. My friend Kim has been making numerous masks daily and donating them to providers in need. Although she’s located in Canada, she’s been shipping them all over the US as requested! You too can make masks for yourself, your family/friends, and to donate to medical professionals in need of fabric masks. These masks are often placed over N95 masks to prolong their life or used to help free up surgical masks for those who need them. Designs for cloth masks (pictured above) can be found here and you can learn how to sew a surgical mask from a JOANN Fabric tutorial here . JOANN stores are also serving as drop-off locations for those sewing masks; they work directly with hospitals and drop off masks for those in need. The CDC also recommends creating your own homemade masks to optimize the supply of medical-grade masks for medical professionals in need.
Finally, if you’re not crafty or don’t have access to a 3-D printer or sewing machine, you can still donate!
Show us how you or your firm are helping! Tag SMPS Boston in your social media with #makeithappen and #SMPSBosHelpsCOVID19.