Using a personal 3-D printer, Kai Gottschalk, a member of Boy Scout Troop 941 in Pleasanton, has produced nearly 4,000 protective face shields for healthcare providers and other front-line workers across the country.

The first of the face shields, made with clear sheets of plastic and hard-plastic head bands, went to NorCal Ambulance, which serves communities throughout northern California, including the Tri-Valley.

Face shields have also been sent to Highland Hospital in Oakland, Kaiser Permanente, St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, the Livermore Optometry Group, University of Miami Hospital, George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., Princeton University and Capital Health Hospital in New Jersey, and Waste Management.

Gottschalk said he was inspired to make face shields to protect healthcare workers and others from the coronavirus by a family friend in the medical field. After searching the internet, Gottschalk a found a video explaining how to create face shields using a 3-D printer. He has since recruited friends and other Scouts from Troop 941 to help.

Donations to help Gottschalk purchase supplies can be made at www.troop941.org/faceshields.