With the hope of helping protect health care officials on the front line, Interstate Batteries of San Francisco donated 6,000 pairs of gloves to Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, making it the largest donation of gloves made to the hospital at that time.
Interstate Batteries of San Francisco’s General Manager Anthony Flores attends his daughter’s softball games every Saturday. Little did he know that one conversation with another softball parent would end up protecting several health care workers fighting COVID-19.
“I was talking with Mylene Gutierrez, who is a lead ER nurse at nearby Mills-Peninsula hospital,” Flores said. “She was sharing with me the panic and fear that she and other medical professionals were experiencing at the hospital at the start of this virus outbreak – would they have enough supplies? How would they stay protected? Everything was so unknown at that time. I left wanting to help out but was unsure how.”
A few weeks earlier, Flores and his team were deciding what to do with a large number of unused gloves, as they were too small for their team to use. He suggested saving them just in case – a decision that would end up protecting 6,000 health care workers.
As the outbreak continued to escalate, Interstate Warehouse Manager Tom Decampus and Assistant General Manager Mike Breen reminded Flores about the extra gloves and suggested donating them, giving him the perfect opportunity to help Gutierrez and her team.
Interstate Batteries of San Francisco ended up donating 6,000 pairs of gloves to Mills-Peninsula hospital, making it the largest donation of gloves made to the medical center at that time.
“All the credit should be given to the Interstate Batteries team here in San Francisco,” Flores said. “With our world evolving and changing daily, I completely forgot about those 12 cases of gloves in our warehouse. My team brought the idea to me as they were cleaning up the warehouse and instantly, Mills-Peninsula came to mind.”
“Donating these gloves is the least we could do,” Flores continued. “We depend on them to keep us healthy and safe, so we thought we’d return the favor and let them know they could depend on us to help out a bit.”