Santa Clara Rotary donates $10,000 for medical protective gear

Santa Clara Rotary is stepping up to address the dire shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). While our region hasn’t faced shortages during the coronavirus pandemic, it could be coming.

Through Santa Clara Rotary’s $10,000 donation to kick off production, Maker Nexus will produce re-usable face shields, a critical PPE component used by doctors and nurses treating COVID-19 patients.

As of Monday, Maker Nexus and its community of 3D printer owners have the capacity to manufacture approximately 1,000 face shields per day.

Cupertino’s De Anza College is also working with Maker Nexus to 3-D print PPE materials.

Other local organizations, including the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce, are stepping up to help those in need. The Chamber recently launched Cupertino Together to benefit West Valley Community Services. In San Jose, authorities launched Silicon Valley Strong to support families and businesses in the region.