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Davis lacrosse sisters become maskmakers amid COVID-19 medical supply shortages

365体育投注Amid the statewide coronavirus shutdown, one might find most high-school athletes kicking back, playing video games or browsing through their Netflix libraries.

365体育投注Not Blue Devil sisters Grace and Ella Heringer …

365体育投注The two Davis High lacrosse stars have been hard at work the last several weeks from their Davis home, following Yolo County’s shelter-in-place orders.

365体育投注Their task? Shield-making.

“We’re producing face shields for local hospital workers,” explains Grace, a junior and starting defensive midfielder for the DHS girls lacrosse squad.

365体育投注“Each time we sit down, we’re cranking out 50 to 100,” adds Ella, a DHS freshman.

Their mother, Sarah, an emergency physician with Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento, inspired what’s become a “family assembly line,” according to Grace:

“Everyday, (Mom) was coming home and telling us stories about how they were running out of masks and how doctors are starting to get worried since it’s a health hazard for them, too.”

Putting matters into their own hands, the sisters fired up their home laminator machine and, along with scissors and some athletic tape, began to manufacture face shields at the kitchen table.

365体育投注With some help from teammates and neighbors, they’ve been shipping off supplies to Kaiser (and a handful of other local hospitals) over the past week. Their operation, now dubbed Team Shield, is responsible for hundreds of face shields used by emergency-room workers each day.

“People are helping out by ordering us items or making masks themselves, and we’re able to bring it all back to our house and our mom can drop things off when she goes to work,” Grace points out.

A completed shield.

Those looking to aid the Lady Devils’ effort can visit their website at . The site includes a on how to make masks and how to get them delivered to healthcare professionals.

Ella says from start-to-finish, masks can be made in less than 5 minutes.

“We were both devastated when our lacrosse season got cut short,” Grace adds. “Especially, for the seniors on our team.”

The Blue Crew was off to a solid 4-2 start this spring before Davis schools shut down in hopes of limiting transmission of the virus.

But the two realize there’s lots to be thankful for during these unprecedented times, including the work of doctors on the front lines battling the COVID-19 outbreak, like their mom.

365体育投注“They’re putting themselves at risk helping people,” explains Grace. “And they’re at even more risk if they don’t have these kinds of supplies.”

Notes: The Heringer sisters also have launched a GoFundMe page at and raised over $3,500 in its first day active. Their DHS lacrosse teammate Peyton Schoen has also been in on the efforts, as have Devil ski standout Kaylee Morgan and others.

— Reach Owen Yancher at [email protected] Follow him via Twitter at @530athletics.

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