Volunteers of all ages are stepping up to provide Good Samaritan Society staff members with a more comfortable way to wear face masks.
Two students in Wisconsin have been making ear savers by the dozen with their 3D printers.
Will Verhagen, a 13-year-old 7th grader, got the idea after talking with his mom, Angie. She works for Door County Medical Center and told him how peoples’ ears were sore from wearing masks all day.
Will, a Boy Scout, had received a picture from his Scout leader of a type of ear saver that another Scout was making, so he decided to try making them with the 3D printer he received for Christmas.
He made eight to start with and sent them with his mom to work.
“She told me how everyone loved them,” says Will.
Angie’s supervisor had connections to Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village and heard they might need some ear savers, too.
So Will made 60 to 70 for that location and he plans to make more. The filament he uses was donated by the hospital.
It takes about 20 to 30 minutes to make one ear saver. Once finished, they attach to the sides of face masks to make them more comfortable.
“The staff is very appreciative of the thoughtful gift this young man provided to make wearing masks more comfortable," says Nicki Scharrig, director of resource development, marketing and volunteer coordination at Scandia Village.