Woodbridge residents William Wang, an undergraduate student majoring in biomedical computation, and his father Frank Wang have designed a face shield for medical workers and organized volunteers from the local Chinese American community to create. Despite severe shortage of materials and critical delays in shipment, a concerted effort by the community enabled the creation of a design utilizing ingenuous materials to replace those normally needed in face shields. Hairbands and pins from local beauty stores served to secure the shield to the head; anti-fog spray for car windows was pretreated across the shield to prevent misting during usage; the distance of the foam to the edge of the plastic board was meticulously tested to ensure the shield would bend correctly under strain. A myriad of technical challenges regarding the utility and effectiveness of the design were painstakingly addressed through such methods of trial and error. Additionally, the Wangs built their own cutting board in their basement to cut the plastic board and foam board to shape, providing step-by-step drawings and instructions for general assembly and production.
Heroism, generosity, kindness and individual initiative during the coronavirus crisis.
Hearing about the severe shortage of surgical masks, Madison resident, Bob Stefanowski was able to locate a manufacturer in NJ that had them in stock. He and Stamford firefighter, Patrick Sasser drove down to New Jersey and loaded up a trailer with 110,000 masks and delivered them to first responders and hospitals throughout Fairfield County.
Amy Stefanowski, from Madison, wanted a way to support local business through these challenging times so she went online buying gift cards. She then, turned to Facebook Live, and encouraged her friends to do the same. This idea quickly snowballed into The Gift Card Project
Local Wilton resident, Monty Du, coordinated an effort with the Chinese American community to import N95/KN95 and surgical-grade face-masks from relatives living in China. The effort has been so helpful to the Wilton community, given the masks shortages Connecticut community are facing.
Cilantro’s Specialty Foods, a local coffee shop in downtown Guilford has remained open for takeout to serve their local customers, but has also expanded efforts to serve the homeless population at New Haven’s Columbus House—a non-profit organization that provides meals to the homeless.
Gwen Samuel of the Connecticut Parents Union organized and fundraised an effort to purchase three free-standing handwashing stations for her neighborhood. Samuel realized not enough children are washing their hands and haven’t been taught the proper way to wash effectively. Samuel said, “We will help families understand the power of washing hands with soap and water by having kids actually washing their hands”.