Family run glass blowing studio Kingston Glass Studio & Gallery launched a campaign on Tuesday to help raise money for the creation of 3D printed PPE that is being given to frontline healthcare workers in the Kingston area.
After hearing that Queen’s University was starting to create 3D printed PPE, they partnered with Queen’s medical students – who have already produced more than 600 masks – by launching their campaign to raise money for the raw materials required to make the masks.
“There is a gap in the amount of PPE available to frontline healthcare workers in Kingston, and we wanted to help in some way,” said co-owner and glass artist Mariel Waddell Hunter. “We wanted to find a way to raise money for the initiative, but also provide a way for people to say thanks to frontline workers here in Kingston that are putting themselves at risk every day to keep our city going.”
“Hearts for Healthcare” hand-blown glass heart can be purchased on their website for $25. One of a number of organizations will then distribute the hearts to frontline worker and the full amount of the purchase will be donated to the Queen’s University PPE creation campaign.
All materials and creation of the hearts are being donated by Kingston Glass Studio & Gallery and each heart will be individually disinfected and wrapped before given to their community partners for distribution. Each heart sold will provide enough material for approximately 12 masks (pictured above/right) or 25 shields.