Enterprise cub scouts creating ear protectors
With the COVID-19 outbreak health care workers have become accustomed to the discomfort of wearing a mask all day but one cub scout pack found a way to take a portion of their pain away.
"I will help other people at all times" is the oath scouts live by. And for Gabriel and Brook Swartz, that's what they decided to do during these uncertain times.
"Somebody else was making them so we decided to make them, because we wanted to help out and help people that had to wear masks all day," Gabriel Swartz, cub scout in Pack 150 said.
The Swartz family is apart of Cub Scout Pack 150 in Enterprise. Setting up their own production line of ear protectors in their home.
"But it runs 24 hours a day, every 3 hours he goes over, takes them off of the printer during the day and then dad's in charge of it in the middle of the night. I get to wake up and pop them off in the middle of the night," Brook Swartz, cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 150 said.
Using a 3D printer to make more than 150 ear protectors a day and over 500 a week for those working the front lines.
"When you're stuck in your house there's not a whole lot, it feels like sometimes you can't do a whole lot, but its kind of neat to be able to help out in a small way. We have a printer and some time on our hands and try to put it to good use," B. Swartz said.
Delivering to healthcare workers not only in the Wiregrass but across the country for free.
"We haven't had to go out and search that hard to start. I have a friend that's an ER nurse in St. Louis, another friend that's a doctor in Arizona, we've sent some to both of them. We got a hold of the leadership over at Fort Rucker and donated a bunch of them," B. Swartz said.
This is just another way to live up to the scout law and say thank you for what the healthcare workers do.
"It's just to help the community. yeah, it's nice to help out. We have a scout law and a scout oath we try to live by, being courteous, kind, and thoughtful and we want to help other people. So this is really a pretty easy thing to do if you have a 3D printer," B. Swartz said.
The Swartz family started this project just a week ago and have already made over 500 ear protectors.
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