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Pitching In To Win


The battle against the coronavirus has inspired many Marylanders to pitch in and help. Dr. Julius Ho explains the Baltimore Health Professionals Mutual Aid Cooperative, which organizes supplies and services for medical staff. And ‘Makers Unite’ is banding together to create hundreds of plastic face shields for healthcare workers nationwide. Organizers Todd Blatt of ‘Custom 3-D Stuff’ and Will Holman, of Open Works, say the quick flood of support and collaboration was gratifying. But Holman says, he’s left with a feeling of anger. “We’re stitching together the healthcare system in the most powerful country in the world, with 3D printers, laser cutters and volunteers, instead of being in a country where our leader is adequately prepared for this.”

For information about Baltimore Health Professionals Mutual Aid Cooperative, visit this link and for donations, visit this link.

For face shield mask production, donate to the Baltimore Node here and to Open Works here.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'