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Ferndale shop converted to make face shields for front line workers facing COVID-19

Renee Westhoff and Rob Gilmore are seen in Gilmore's Upholstery shop making face shields for front line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic (March 27, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News

FERNDALE, Wash. — Gilmore’s Upholstery, run by Rob and Gerri Gilmore on N Star Road, recently underwent a retooling of sorts in their shop. After over 20 years of making custom marine canvas, they are all of the sudden making face shields, a personal protective equipment (PPE) item in high demand by front line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have been delivering these to nursing facilities and other agencies like fire and police. They have been happy to accept whatever we can bring them,” Rob said during an interview at his shop. “We took them to one nursing home and they tested them out. Then they came back and asked for 1,000 more,” explained Renee Westhoff, a Gilmore Upholstery employee.

The endeavor has resulted in delivering several hundred masks to front line workers. This has all been at no cost to the recipients. Rob estimated they have been producing about 100 a day since starting back on Monday, March 23rd.

“We started doing this not realizing how great the demand was and how truly important these are to the workers,” Rob said. “They cost about $1 each to make and as we begin ordering more supplies to fill more orders, we needed to start accepting donations.”

Anyone wanting to provide financial support to their effort is asked to do so via any of the following methods:

  • Venmo: @samuel_davis_722
  • Paypal:
  • By Check: Payable to Gilmore’s N. Star Upholstery and mailed to 6408 N Star Rd, Ferndale WA 98248

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