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Corvallis man leads effort to make 30,000 face shields

Tim Luke said the shields will be given to a variety of places including local grocery stores and hospitals under duress.

Posted: Apr 6, 2020 6:36 PM
Updated: Apr 6, 2020 6:42 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- What started as a text from a daughter asking her father if he could make a protective face shield for her friends who are nurses in New York has grown into an effort to make 30,000 in a matter of weeks.

Tim Luke owns RecreTec, a custom raft frame shop out of Corvallis, and he said he and four other businesses joined together to mass produce face shields for those who really need them.

"We started networking as businesses - as people and everybody just wanted to help," he said.

The shields offer full mobility and visibility.

Luke said that these face shields will be shipped all over the country, free of charge to hospitals that are under duress.

For larger, better funded hospitals, he said he will sell them at a very discounted price, using the money to continue to make more.

"What started out as we might be able to make a few hundred of these maybe a thousand, by the grace of God and I give the glory to Him, He's provided all these people all these resources and just used me as a tool," Luke continued.

It's not just health care workers who will receive the protection.

"I've already told our WinCo we'll give them a couple hundred," he said.

Luke said he has 500 volunteers ready to assemble the masks and different businesses that volunteered labor and machinery, he's just waiting on the materials which he said were supposed to come Monday.

When it does arrive, he said his crew is more than ready.

If you would like to donate to the effort, check out his GoFundMe.

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