Even if we just #StayAtHome, we are already doing our part to flatten the curve and curbing the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). There are also many ways we can help out while following the enhanced community quarantine (read them here). For mom Cay Aquino Casareo and their family, it’s creating improvised face shields for health workers and other frontliners while they are stuck at home.
On Facebook, Cay shared photos of the face shields that they were able to make using her husband Lot’s 3D printer. “My husband invested in 3D printing machines last year, hoping to make a business out of it,” she tells SmartParenting.com.ph. “He became a member of 3D Printing For A Cause and that made a way for us to make shields [during] this crisis.” (Read how a 16-year-old student also used his 3D printer to create masks here.)
The couple, who are both entrepreneurs, encouraged their three youngest children — Danie, 15; Caitlin, 11; and Lily, 4 — to help out. After printing the frames, they used materials they found at home to create the shields. These include old acetates, foam, a glue gun, glue sticks, a cutter, and a puncher.
“Danie is our glue master, while Lily helps in putting the foam. Caitlin assembles the frames with the foam and acetate,” Cay shares.
It takes them half an hour to create 4 face shields, including printing and assembly. After assembly, Cay cleans the shields with alcohol and sanitizes them using a UV sterilizer that they bought in preparation for her new baby (yes, she’s pregnant!).
On their first day, they were able to make 28 face shields — “So slow and many errors pa,” says Cay — while on the second and third days they were able to improve the design and made a total of 80 face shields. All these were donated to East Avenue General Hospital and Fairview General Hospital.
Cay shares that her kids were inspired and motivated to create more face shields because “When we sent the first batch to [the hospitals], they sent their pics wearing the ‘homemade’ or ‘DIY’ masks.” So far, the family has also been able to donate to the Philippine General Hospital, the Ortigas Hospital and Healthcare Center, their local barangay, and the National Meat Inspection Service, where one of their friends work.
Bayanihan in the time of COVID-19
The family wanted to make more face shields, but on March 24, they ran out of materials. “We were sad because too many were requesting and even willing to pay, but as a family, we are just doing this for God’s glory — never to make money out of it. We wanted to help,” Cay shares.
Thankfully, the spirit of Bayanihan came through: Cay’s family was able to receive materials from generous donors. “With these we can make maybe hundreds of face shields depending on the kids’ cooperation,” Cay shares.
With the additional materials they got, Cay and her family hope to donate to more frontliners. “So far, we’ve been able to send to doctors and medical staff that we [personally] know. I receive requests through Facebook, [so we’re trying] to send to them, too,” Cay shares.
Young kids can also uplift COVID-19 patients by making get-well cards for them at home! Click here for the details.