By Karen Robes Meeks
Southern California company and longtime Port of Los Angeles customer Harbor Freight Tools has donated 1,500 nitrile gloves, 500 N95 respirator masks, almost 9,300 deluxe face shields and 60 five-gallon spray bottles toward Los Angeles’ efforts to get personal protective equipment to healthcare workers, the port announced this week.
“We are greatly appreciative to Harbor Freight for this generous donation, as PPE equipment continues to be urgently needed by frontline health care workers throughout the region,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka, who has been tapped by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to lead as Chief Logistics Officer during COVID-19. “Harbor Freight is a great example of what the private sector can do to help during this pandemic.”
The donation is among the several that have been made by companies and organizations, resulting in the procurement of millions of PPE supplies.
“We know how acute the need is for personal protective equipment, especially for the heroic healthcare workers on the front lines caring for COVID-19 patients,” said Eric Smidt, owner and founder of Harbor Freight Tools. “We’re grateful for their work and dedication and proud to partner with the Port of L.A. to deliver our PPE donations to hospitals in our hometown.” Check out https://laprotects.org/ for more details.