On April 16th, 2020 the McClary family took the first shipment of 400 face shields down to Hollywood, Florida to deliver them to the Joe DiMaggio Childrens’ Hospital Foundation for use in both Joe DiMaggio Childrens’ Hospital and the adjoining Memorial adult hospital which is treating COVID-19 patients. They were met at the hospital by Sam Utter, the child life specialist at Joe DiMaggio who had worked with their son Nicholas during his stay at the hospital. It was a kind of emotional reunion as the family delivered the face shields to help the many nurses and doctors, many of whom they had gotten to know personally during the year that their son Nicholas had spent at the hospital in his battle with cancer. Sam expressed great appreciation to the family and the Caring Like Nicholas Foundation for the donation.
The family will be returning again next week with another shipment of face shields that are in production at McClary Design and Engineering on their CNC machine. The design and files for the face shields have been made available to the CNC manufacturing public for non-commercial use by the Caring Like Nicholas Foundation. These files can be found on the foundations web site on a special Project Face Shield page. The foundation also has a sign up page for those makers who would like to donate time on their CNC machines. For any hospitals who are in need, there is also a sign up page and the foundation will try to match them with a local maker with a CNC machine who has volunteered to help.
The foundation would like to thank the many individuals who donated money for the materials for this project. We would also like to thank Shopbot Tools and FAU Cane Institute for Advanced Technology who donated materials.