Sisters and Sehome High School students Ana and Mimi Swetish have produced and donated more than 500 face shields for frontline health care personnel and have plans for 500 more. They used their father’s mechanical engineering workshop including a die-cut machine, velcro and foam to produce the masks.
“We were able to bounce ideas off of some health care workers in the community, so we could make sure what we were doing would be beneficial to them,” said Ana.
Fellow Sehome student Jonas Ecker managed the social media and crowdfunding efforts, which raised more than $5,700 (their original goal was $3,000) for “Facemasks for Front-Line Health care Personnel”.
“Our material costs have come in under what we have anticipated,” said Ana, “So, after 2,200 shields we will be giving the rest of our donations to the Bellingham Food Bank.”
Unfortunately, one road block to their success is the availability of Mylar, the material used in the screen itself. The students are actively trying to source more Mylar and say they have received generous offers to support additional raw material purchases.
They have been providing face shields in Whatcom, Island and Skagit counties and hope to distribute even broader if they can secure more Mylar.