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Charles S
176 W Marshall
(Greenwood Park)
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Whirlwind of a week

the project

We hope to raise $8000, which will fund producing and delivering 2000 face shields to our local medical heroes.

We have been making shields for about 2 weeks, and the demand is GREATLY outstripping the initial batch of materials we bought.

the steps

  I own a marine canvas shop, have accounts with some of the biggest suppliers in the country, and have a large CNC cutting machine. I repurposed my shop and machines to make face shields.  As of now, we have provided more than 1000 to area care facilities.  Free.

We are up and running, making and delivering about 200 shields/day and we running out of funds.  We can increase production significanlty if we order bigger quantities of materials.


why we're doing it

I have friends and family who work in the emergency rooms, hospitals, and other care facilities of the area.  Their stories are grim and scary, especially the fact that they very quickly went through the stock of available PPE.  I have the ability to supply face shields quickly and economically, so I changed my shop and repurposed my machines to make shields.  We are crowdfunding this so we can respond QUICKLY.

I asked a friend to drop off some to a large, local hospital.  The person who received the sheilds could not hold back tears of gratitude.  My friend is now working with us.  We are up to a crew of 4 people, working in 3 different places.


Disbursed Budget:

We were able to work with our suppliers to lower our costs, allowing us to produce 700 more shields than planned, while meeting our initial budget!

Clear marine vinyl, as recommended by CDC:  $1.55/unit = $4,173.83

Foam, ties, and glue for assembly:  $0.95/unit = $2.565

Misc (cutting tools, gluing tools, machine maintenence, etc, etc, etc.)   $.50/ unit = $1,350

  CV19 Waived Normal Fees
TOTAL RAISED = $8,339.00 $8,339.00
ioby Platform Fee waived $35.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) waived $416.95
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $250.17 $250.17
TOTAL TO DISBURSE= $8,088.83 $7,636.88

Original Budget:

Clear marine vinyl, as recommended by CDC:  $2.35/unit

Foam, ties, and glue for assembly:  $0.95/unit

Misc (cutting tools, gluing tools, machine maintenence, etc, etc, etc.)   $.60/ unit

(Our suppliers have been working with us and not charging us shipping, processing some materials for free, and opening warehouses so we can get what we need.  I'll name them when they are open for business.  For now-  THANK YOU!!)

ioby Platform Fee waived 35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) waived 436.68
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $247 $262.011
TOTAL TO RAISE = $8,247 $8,733.70



Whirlwind of a week

It's been an exciting week.  We brought in 8 more volunteers, have about 1200 shields being assembled, added public safety people to our list of recipients (apparently, spitting at police officers is becomming common- WTF?), and delivered about 600 shields.

Thanks to all who are making this happen.  We are almost to our goal! Every little bit helps.


Our assembly process

A friend came up with this process.  It's fast, durable, and stronger than stitching!

Wow! Thanks for the support, we need it!

Today was a bit of a whirlwind.  A few hours was spent sourcing tools, then I cut 1600 ties, which will make 800 shields. 

It's 7:30, and I'm just sitting down. 

We brought in a few more volunteers today.  Two to help assemble, and another friend to help us with inventory and logistics.  We are ramping up quickly and trying not to overwhelm any of us.  

Thanks to all who are making this happen!



This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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