I strolled into the 12-foot orbit of my neighbor this morning and asked him how his family was passing the time.
“We’re just trying to find ways to help,” he said, from a generous social distance.
This is my extremely handy neighbor, the one with lots of￼ tools. You may remember Philip Huizinga from Buttercup’s tour of his Good Tomato Audio music studio.
With Philip’s ingenuity and creativity in mind–not to mention physician wife Mimi’s epidemiological background–I was not shocked to learn that he and his high-school-age sons, Will and Jacob, have begun making personal protective equipment in the form of visors and shields for healthcare workers on the front lines of COVID-19.
Using an open-source template from the internet, they are 3D-printing the headbands, laser-cutting the shields, and teaming up with friends in the Nashville healthcare community to get this PPE where it needs to go.
Meanwhile, they’ve set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for more 3D printers, which they will donate when the project is complete.
To learn more about their cleverly named Nashville HoPPE project and to donate, visit Nashville HoPPE GoFundMe.