LOCAL LOOKOUT: Appliance shop makes face shields for first responders

1 month 2 weeks 4 days ago Saturday, April 11 2020 Apr 11, 2020 Saturday, April 11, 2020 1:07:00 PM CDT April 11, 2020 in News
By: Marina Silva, KOMU 8 Reporter
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MOBERLY - One local appliance shop is making face shields to help front line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The shop has already made more than a thousand shields in just a few weeks.

Bobby Riley is one of the owners of the shop. He said he looked around at his machinery and thought they could surely make at least a dozen.

"We are trying to help those we can with what little resources we have," Riley said. 

It all started with a social media post from a shop in Arizona. One of the employees' has a family member who worked in healthcare, and so Riley's team made a goal to try and help first responders and health care workers in the area.

Originally the team had a goal of 50 shields. As of yesterday, they had made roughly 1,500. 

"It's like if your neighbors house is on fire and you have a fire extinguisher and a bucket," Riley said. You want to be able to help as much as possible.

The point of these shields is that it cover your entire face. The plastic that is used is able to be sanitized and reused following the CDC guidelines.

Riley called around to different departments to see where there was a need.

Macon Fire Department was just one of the departments that had a need for them. The shop gave the department 10 shields, which will be enough for the whole department, according to the fire chief.

"Typically we just wear safety glasses so this gives us bigger protection," said Travis Austin, Assistant Fire Chief in Macon. 

Riley said they plan to keep making the shields for as long as there is a need. 

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