This Garden Grove teacher is making face shields for healthcare workers — and he could use help

Teachers have been some of our greatest allies in the fight for personal protective equipment, or PPE. Last month, we told you about a class of middle schoolers making masks and gowns for healthcare workers. Now, The Orange County Register reports that a teacher in Garden Grove is racing to fill a shortage of medical face shields

Garden Grove High School computer science teacher and swim coach Eric Henninger told the Register he was feeling “bored and sad for the loss of the (swim team’s) seniors’ season” when the idea occurred to him. ”This got my mind on something positive.”

After researching a template, Henninger began making the shields using his 3-D printer. He gave a few to healthcare workers. Once the word got out, requests for more came pouring in.

“His labor of love started two weeks ago and has produced and delivered more than 600 shields to Southern California medical workers at institutions such as Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Kaiser Permanente and St. Mary’s Memorial. He’s still got another 2,000 on back-order,” the Register reports.

Henninger is looking for volunteers to assist. Anyone with a 3-D printer would be especially helpful to his efforts.

To volunteer, sign up here