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Boy Scout Makes 1,200 'Ear Guards' For Healthcare Workers

When he heard people fighting on the front lines of the coronavirus needed relief from wearing masks all day, he came up with a fix.

One positive thing that's coming out of the coronavirus lockdown is that people are coming up with new and interesting ways to solve problems.

For example, Canadian Boy Scout Quinn Callander answered a request to create "ear guards" for local healthcare workers. The workers complained that wearing face masks all day was putting pressure on the backs of their ears and irritating their skin where the elastic bands hold the masks in place.

So, Quinn took to his 3D-printer to help craft a solution to the problem. What he ended up creating was a thin plastic strip that goes behind the person's head. The strip has a series of hooks on either side that doctors and medical staff can use to attach the elastics from their masks and avoid looping the bands over their ears.

Quinn used his 3D printer to make 1,200 ear guards for local healthcare workers. Heather Roney/Facebook

Quinn's mom Heather shared her son's project on Facebook and said he'd already donated dozens of ear guards to nearby hospitals. When Quinn found out how many people wanted to help, he decided to share the file he used to create the ear guards so that others could use it to make more guards.

"We need more volunteers to fire up their 3D printers and donate these ear guards to hospitals and medical professionals!" Heather wrote.

Quinn shared the pattern for the ear guards online so that others could use it to print their own. Heather Roney/Facebook

Heather's post got over 45,000 comments from people around the world, praising the boy's ingenuity.

"I love how he's a forward thinker and thought of something no one else has yet," Kathy Koch wrote. "Way to go buddy!!"

"This looks like a product that can be used even after the virus is gone," Margaret Liebert commented. "Great job with innovation!"

We love stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help others during times of crisis. Hopefully, more folks will follow this scout's lead and #StartSomethingGood in their communities.

How can you start something good?

Inspired by Quinn's inventiveness?

Anyone with a 3D printer can start cranking out ear guards for health care workers in their communities. Click here to access Quinn's file.

To find a healthcare facility near you to donate supplies, check out this website.

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