Grace College Engineering Scales Up Production to Donate 700+ Ear Guards to Frontlines

Grace Engineering student Abbott Joy gives Pill Box Pharmacy Sales Representative Paul Derenzo a bag of ear guards. (Photo Provided)

Grace College engineering students Erin Lawhon and Abbott Joy have donated more than 700 3D-printed ear guards to local organizations on the front lines of COVID-19. The ear guards have been distributed to Fellowship Missions, Grace Village, Miller’s at Oak Pointe, Acorn Academy, Pill Box Pharmacy, Cardinal Services and Miller’s Merry Manor at no charge.

“Although a seemingly small product, we’ve heard that these ear guards have made a huge difference for these organizations,” said Lawhon.

The student-led production continues to grow in scale and scope according to Lawhon. “We have recently been asked by Miller’s Health Systems to print upwards of 1,600 ear guards to distribute to their 30-plus locations statewide,” said Lawhon. “I am very excited to distribute these on such a large scale, and I am glad that we can make an impact in this way,” she said.

“We are thrilled that we can continue to meet needs in our community,” said Joy. “It’s pretty cool to see people benefiting so much from a project I’m involved with,” he added.

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