Two local organizations this week pooled together a donation large enough to benefit all essential city staff as well as a handful of local nonprofit and civic groups as we continue to weather the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members from the South Pasadena Chinese-American Parent-Teacher Organization and also the U.S. Asian Art and Culture Association donated personal protection equipment and other much-needed supplies for first responders and other volunteers who serve the public at City Hall.
The PPE and other supplies will join prior donations in directly assisting members of the South Pasadena Police Department, South Pasadena Fire Department and the City Hall staffers who continue to work through the pandemic. There’s enough to go around, too — the Holy Family Giving Bank, Girl Friday Personal Assistant Services and the South Pasadena Volunteer Grocery Shoppers will get a share of the supplies.
Local senior citizens also will have access to supplies through those groups and the South Pasadena Senior Center.
“Our city is well prepared and I am so appreciative of our first responders,” Mayor Bob Joe said after the donation was made. “Thanks to these two organizations for your generous donations. I know you have made donations in the past. This is the first step in protecting our volunteers.”
Asian Art and Culture Association’s donation included 2,000 surgical gloves, 22 bottles of hand sanitizer, 1,500 surgical masks, 1,000 face masks, 50 face shields and 50 pairs of goggles. The Chinese-American PTO added in 18 boxes of disinfectant wipes and 50 sets of protective coveralls.
“Our community members need this equipment very much,” Councilman Michael Cacciotti said Wednesday. “We can’t thank you enough.”
The mayor also thanked residents for doing their part to flatten the curve with the disease and urged them to continue practicing social distancing, staying home as much as possible, and wearing face coverings when journeying outside or to stores.
Staff writer Mitch Lehman contributed to this report.