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UB donating hundreds of reusable face masks made by students and faculty to Buffalo City Mission

Face masks and face shields donated to Buffalo City Mission
Posted at 3:03 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 15:03:11-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The University at Buffalo is donating hundreds of reusable face masks made by students and faculty to the Buffalo City Mission.

The school donated more than 200 reusable 3D-printed face masks and 100 face shields to the Buffalo City Mission, created by UB's 3D printing group.

The group was formed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as a partnership among faculty, staff and students in the School of Dental Medicine, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Roughly 30 students and fellows at the University of Buffalo were involved in designing and producing the face masks and shields.

“We sincerely thank the University at Buffalo community for this thoughtful and inspiring gift,” said Aubrey Calhoun, associate executive director of the Buffalo City Mission. “Throughout the pandemic, our staff continues to closely follow health and safety standards as we serve our region’s homeless. These masks and face shields will help our team to continue this important work, and exemplify the very best of how creativity and humanity can come together to help our neighbors in need.”

Michael O'Hara, manager of major gifts for the Buffalo City Mission added: “You can imagine how lonely it can feel if you work in a field addressing needs that never seem to diminish. The work of restoring the lives of our homeless neighbors feels very much like that at times, until a group of professionals, leaders, educators, and experts across different fields, connected by a stellar organization such as University at Buffalo, and pulled together by a desire to address a critical need, reaches out to us to be a very tangible help in our day to day activities. This act of kindness has not only equipped us, but also encouraged us.”