UPDATE: Cloverdale store owner gives away free face shields

Tricia Ellingsen stands in her store, Tricia’s Gems, in Cloverdale. Ellingsen wants to give away more than 200 face shields (pictured) to a needy organization. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Tricia Ellingsen and Diana Gent hold a box of PPE in Tricia’s Gems—Ellingsen’s store in Cloverdale. Ellingsen donated 101 face shields to Gent, along with a lot of other masks and hand sanitizer. (Photo: Submitted)
Tricia Ellingsen holds a face shield outside her store, Tricia’s Gems, in Cloverdale. Ellingsen wants to give away more than 200 face shields to a needy organization. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

It was mission accomplished for Tricia Ellingsen Aug. 7.

After contacting the Cloverdale Reporter in an effort to “get the word out” about free PPE, Ellingsen said she was able to donate everything she had available and more.

“I had a overwhelming response for the PPE,” Ellingsen said, after the Reporter’s article was published online.

Ellingsen, the owner of Tricia’s Gems in Cloverdale, had already given away more than 280 shields, but still had 237 to give out last week.

“I’m looking for someone who needs them, someone who’s going to use them,” Ellingsen said at the time.

She donated the first couple hundred to a local charity and just finished giving away the rest Aug. 7.

She gave away shields to many organizations, but two B.C. Housing senior’s residences in Cloverdale were especially grateful.

“As you are aware, they are low income,” Ellingsen said. “Diana Gent asked for 101 for the residents” of two manors.

Ellingsen said when she gave Gent the shields, Gent cried. “I then ran out and gave her 108 bottles of hand sanitizer and told her to come back and I gave her 500 disposable masks and 108 washable masks. She was so sweet, I just had to.”

Gent, a senior at Cloverdale’s Southdale Manor, gave the face shields and other PPE out to all the residents in her building and in Hoffman Manor, next door.

“There was a lot of happy people,” Gent said. “It’s all low income housing and all seniors,” she explained.

SEE ALSO: Funeral homes face PPE shortage as COVID crisis continues

SEE ALSO: Surrey companies sell $4 million in PPE products to date

“The shields themselves are so darn expensive,” she added. “Everyone was asking me ‘how much?’ But when I said, ‘no charge,’ they were delighted.”

Gent said she and all the other seniors are so grateful to Tricia’s Gems for the donation.

“We’re so appreciative. It was very fulfilling to be able to give them to other seniors for free.”

Ellingsen explained she recently received a shipment of more than 500 sheilds, but the plastic protectors all had a small mark, about a half inch long, near the top of the screen—but not in the line of sight.

Ellingsen called the supplier up and told them she couldn’t sell the mask because of the mark.

“They told me to dispose of them,” said Ellingsen. “So I thought, ‘why can’t I donate them to someone who needs them?’”

As she didn’t want to destroy them, she ran her charitable plan past the company and the company agreed.

Ellingsen has been selling PPE since the beginning of the pandemic, both masks and shields and hand sanitizer.

In total, Ellingsen gave away nearly $4,000 worth of PPE to needy organizations. She said she gave shields to 10 different charitable and low-income groups.

“I was glad I had the opportunity to give away PPE,” she said. “It was a very rewarding experience.”



editor@cloverdalereporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Each step is a prayer’: Ojibwe man will walk from Hope to Vancouver Island for Indigenous healing, reconciliation

James Taylor departs Sept. 20, returns to Saanich in five days for sacred fire

Surrey school district proposing 13 new schools in the next decade

Staff suggest new designs for future builds to maximize school space

Delta McDonald’s temporarily closed after employees test positive for COVID-19

Two employees at the Annacis Island location (1285 Cliveden Ave.) reported testing positive on Sept. 18

Two Surrey schools report COVID-19 exposures, including second contact for Panorama Ridge

Fraser Health has created a new webpage listing COVID-19 cases in schools

Surrey school district student enrolment down from projections

‘That’s not something I can say in my time in Surrey, I have ever said at the board table’: superintendent

3 new deaths due to COVID-19 in B.C., 139 new cases

B.C. confirms 40 ‘historic cases,’ as well

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

Air quality advisory ends for the Lower Mainland

It had been in effect since Sept. 8

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

Most Read