Great Plains MakerSpace, in conjunction with St. Catherine Hospital and other area medical centers, is coordinating efforts in fabricating medical supplies to help with the fight against COVID-19. While there is not a local need at this time, the group is working to organize the local DIY effort now so that the area is prepared to produce medical supplies as needs arise for southwest Kansas.
A Facebook group, Southwest Kansas COVID-19 Resource Group, was organized to identify those in the area that have skills, equipment, materials, or a willingness to help in this effort. A survey was created and can be accessed at https://greatplainsmakerspace.com/southwest-kansas-covid-19-resource-survey/. They need everyone; from sewers to welders, and everything in between. Businesses or persons willing to help are encouraged to fill out the form. Those that have access to specialized equipment or supplies are highly encouraged to participate.
As of Monday morning, April 6, the group had already fulfilled one of their requests from the medical community. Homestead of Garden City reached out last week and requested if the group had the ability to produce homemade masks. 60 masks were delivered to the senior care facility less than a week later.
If you or someone you know is interested in helping the group, the Facebook group can be found by searching “Southwest Kansas COVID-19 Resource Group” or a link can also be found on the Great Plains MakerSpace Facebook page here.