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Hannibal community doing what they can to support first responders during crisis

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For those of you with a lot of extra time on your hands, you may be thinking of how you can help those who are on the front lines of the coronavirus epidemic, that's what some in Hannibal are doing.

Both businesses and individuals are doing what they can to support first responders and hospital workers through the coronavirus pandemic.

"Well I'm making some 3d shields for the PPEs that are needed, I had some printers open and I had some extra filament, I might as well make something," said Tech Outreach Founder and 3D printer enthusiast James Bridges.

He said the 3d prints can be combined with locally available materials to make complete facial protection gear.

Bridges said the print is free to use and has been helpful in other countries, andhe's been in talks with Adams county and Marion county first responders to see if it's something they can use.

"I'm home right now because of the quarantine, so I just figured I can do something while I'm here," said Bridges.

Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce executive director McKenzie Disselhorst said he's not alone in wanting to help.

She said if you're interested in helping, it's important to have that discussion to see if what you can do will be helpful.

"We love to see [people who want to help], we want to encourage that sort of support in our community but we also need to be mindful of the people providing those services and the process people have to go through when they're in-taking those," said Disselhorst.

She said Due Amici Pizzaria owner Brian Chaplin, who has been taking his usual Mondays off to get food to first responders, is a good example.

"In the last couple weeks I've been coming in, starting my ovens up, and making pizzas for the community, for the hospitals, EMTs, fire departments just kinda donating them out letting them know how much we appreciate everything they do," said Chaplin.

Chamber of commerce officials say if there's a way you think you can help, one of the best ways to start is by giving them a call at (573) 221-1101.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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