We began this journey to pivot our closed manufacturing facility to produce personal protective equipment for our medical professionals in dire need of PPE to help keep them safe during COVID-19. One morning while watching our young ones sleep we thought how scary it would be if we had to take one of them to a hospital during these stressful times. That thought quickly shifted to how scary the experience would be from their perspectives.
Imagining the impersonal protective gear hiding the kindness on the workers' faces was the problem we set out to solve. So the idea was born to print fun characters on our reusable face shields to ease their little hearts and put smiles on their faces.
What we learned in this process is that it's not just kids who need a little reassurance; the parents and staff do too! We all could use Shield Pals to help us feel more comfortable and give us a reason to smile and laugh in stressful situations.
This is just the beginning of our journey as we continue to expand the Shield Pals universe to include fun activities, toys, educational resources and a wide array of publishing content meant to immerse, console and educate patients in a world not unlike our own, where doctors have furry ears, nurses wear crowns, and essential workers can make you feel better just by putting on their shields.