A new supply of personal protection equipment (PPE) was donated to the City of South Pasadena on Wednesday, ready to benefit community members, especially those in volunteer roles.
Providing a large quantity of protective coveralls, sanitizer, goggles, disinfectant wipes, surgical masks and gloves were members of South Pasadena Chinese-American PTO and the U.S. Asian Art & Culture Association, which generously made their contribution during a morning ceremony in the courtyard at City Hall. In attendance were public officials, City Council members, residents, Police Chief Joe Ortiz, and Fire Chief Paul Riddle.
South Pasadena Mayor Bob Joe said the PPE would be distributed to senior citizens, individuals working at Holy Family Giving Bank, those shopping at local grocery stores, volunteers around town and Girl Friday.
“I’m sincerely grateful to everyone here, doing their part to protect the health and safety of our precious community,” Joe told the crowd.
US Asian Art & Culture Association donated 2000 surgical gloves, 22 bottles of alcohol, hand sanitizer, 1500 surgical masks, 1000 facemasks, 50 face shields, and 50 goggles. South Pasadena Chinese-American PTO contributed eight boxes of disinfectant wipes and 50 protective coveralls.
Waves of PPE have come the City of South Pasadena’s way in recent weeks. A councilmember was genuinely moved by the latest supply. “I am inspired by the unselfish and compassionate acts of kindness and generosity by our community during this deadly pandemic!” exclaimed South Pasadena City Councilmember Michael Cacciotti, in attendance for the donation effort. “In this case, by residents and friends from our Chinese American Community led by Melissa Liu. Moreover, on behalf of our city, I wanted to thank our dedicated community volunteers and members such as Ed Donnelly, Cindi Knight and Marlene from Holy Family who will use and distribute these masks and equipment during their service to our residents, both housed and unhoused, especially those in need!”
Riddle, recognizing the generosity, added: “We truly are all in this together and it is this spirit of collaboration and the community working together to support each other that will enable us to get through these difficult times.”
In his initial remarks, Joe took a moment to assure the community that the South Pasadena Police and Fire Departments are fully staffed and responding to all emergency calls “as the coronavirus continues to spread and the numbers of those affected continue to grow,” he said. “Our city has prepared for this outbreak, and procedures have been put in place to assure our first responders, city staff, and our residents to continue to stay safe. We know that these are trying and uncertain times for our community, and I appreciate and thank our South Pasadena residents for diligently following county health orders to stay home, practicing social distance, and wearing face mask coverings while out in public. Please know that your efforts are helping to stop the spread of this virus.”