WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – It all started with an idea from a Warren Hills High School student. A young man in the Warren Hills Robotics Association wanted to use a 3-D printer at home in order to produce face shields for first responders and medical professionals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey.
His teacher, Daryl Detrick, was able to get his student, Bobby Delghiaccio, a printer for use at home. However, as Bobby worked hard to make masks, the production was slow, which got Daryl and fellow high shcool teacher Adam Slack thinking.
They collaborated with Mount Olive High School teacher Dave Bodner, and Mount Olive alumni Matt Dunster to figure out a way to produce face shields quicker. Well, they figured it out.
The Warren Hills and Mount Olive High School communities, worked together with school faculty, staff, local businesses and families to help raise more than $40,000 and to produce more 26,550 face shields. In a 48-hour period alone, approximately 20 families hand-assembled 15,000 face shields! The organizers have used a variety of methods and contacts to acquire materials and assembled shields from across the country.
New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan addressed a small group of the volunteers, who helped with the project, at Warren Hills High School on Saturday.
Callahan explained that the shields packaged in the parking lot this morning would be in the hands of first responders and medical professionals, who are in dire need, by the afternoon, and that their efforts were nothing short of an act of monumental humanitarianism.
Troopers from Troop “B” Perryville and Washington Stations along with officers from the Washington Township and Mansfield Township Police Departments loaded police vehicles with boxes of shields to be immediately distributed throughout Hunterdon and Warren Counties. The Colonel personally transported shields for delivery to a Trenton-area hospital.
This group of amazing volunteers is not finished. There are thousands more shields on the way.
The group thanked the following who donated:
- Warren Hills High School
- Warren Hills Robotics Association
- Mount Olive High School
- Special Technical Services
- Plumbers Local 24
- Washington Rotary
- And the hundreds of local donors.