A Teacher Who Turned His Home Into A PPE Factory During The Pandemic Was Honored With A New Car


When health care workers were running out of personal protective equipment as the coronavirus pandemic spread across the United States, a middle school shop teacher in New Jersey made up his mind to help.

Jason Erdreich turned his own home into a factory where he used 3D printers to make thousands of protective masks for his community during the pandemic.

Now Erdreich is one of 50 people recognized by Mazda to receive a new Mazda MX-5 Miata 100th Anniversary Special Edition for their “selfless acts, creative thinking, and contributions to their community,” the company announced in a press release earlier this week.

The company cited “omotenashi”the Japanese culture of putting other’s needs first as one of the major reasons the company decided to create the Mazda Heroes program.

“I was speechless, I mean I never could have envisioned something like this happening to me, let alone for something I did,” Erdreich said.

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Leke Babalola