The Rotary Club of Westfield, NJ has raised $770 to purchase 250 face shields that will be donated to Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, NJ, and Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ.

Rotarian Phil Richardson announced that his alma mater, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has developed an inexpensive face shield for medical workers. The face shield is adjustable, lightweight and designed to be worn comfortably for long periods of time. It provides extended splash coverage and prolongs the usable life of N95 respirators and masks.

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The face shields come in boxes of 125 and cost $385 per box.

MIT and Polymershapes, Inc. have collaborated to make the shields. MIT has licensed the design royalty free, with no financial interest. Polymershapes, Inc. will be manufacturing 50,000 of these shields a day. Polymershapes, Inc. has 80 manufacturing facilities around the US and can ramp up production of the face shields to millions per day as demand requires.

If anyone wishes to help our front line healthcare heroes, checks can be made payable to: The Westfield Rotary Club Foundation, Inc. and sent to The Rotary Club of Westfield, c/o The Westfield Area YMCA, 220 Clark St, Westfield, NJ, 07090. The Westfield Rotary Club Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3, so contributions are tax deductible. Please write “For Face Shields” on the check. Thank you for your generosity.

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