As we continue to follow the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important for us to remember that positivity and kindness still exist at all levels of our community. While the situation still remains serious, we’d like to highlight all the ways San Gabriel residents and businesses have stepped up to practice kindness during this difficult situation.
How you can get involved?
If you see an act of kindness, please let us know! Contact us at communications@SGCH.org and your story might be featured on our website. This act of kindness can be big or small and can benefit individuals or neighborhoods, so please share your story with us today.
Gift of Gratitude
Create your own act of kindness by sending a note of thanks to our local healthcare providers and first responders as they continue to work on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a few minutes to create a thank you card, take a photo of the card and send it to CommSrvInfo@SGCH.org.
We’ll also share your story online for our community to see on our Gift of Gratitude page.
Local supermarket donates grocery bags
A local San Gabriel food pantry needed grocery bags to help deliver donated food to families in need. To assist, Hawaii Supermarket and 99 Ranch Market donated hundreds of grocery bags to ensure that the food was safely delivered.
Local medical professional travels to New York
With New York requesting medical professionals to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, San Gabriel resident Rose left San Gabriel on March 29 to work on the front lines until June. Rose is a recent graduate and became a registered nurse in February 2020. Of her daughter’s actions, Darlene said that her daughter is her hero for helping those in need.
I’m proud to say Rose, who lives in San Gabriel, is my daughter, my hero.
- Darlene, Rose’s mother
Collecting protective equipment for healthcare and social service professionals
Local cafe BOPOMOFO is working with a local grassroots effort known as LA Mask Brigade to help deliver personal protective equipment to healthcare and social service professionals in need. The local cafe has volunteered to serve as a collection center for these masks, offering a free drink to anyone who brings in personal protective equipment in a sealed, unopened box or package.
Giving back to our older residents
The Mosque of San Gabriel pooled together their resources to help donate food to Community Services’ meal program for seniors.
The Mosque of San Gabriel also distributed food in June at the Mission Playhouse parking lot. Approximately 100 individuals received hot meals and food from volunteers.
Community Kindness in bags
Several San Gabriel kids recently pooled together resources to help provide some joy for our local seniors by creating care bags with notes of encouragement.
Serving our community on wheels
Serving important resources for our community
Since 2015, the San Gabriel Mission has been distributing food and resources for their weekend food pantry. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of hours have been spent distributing over 4,000 pounds of products to our community and region.
Making protective equipment for our medical professionals
As part of the East Meets West Parent Education Club & Harvest, local volunteer David made and donated shields to a greater effort that has contributed over 600 shields for local medical professionals. Recipients include the San Gabbriel Valley Medical Center and the Arcadia Methodist Hospital. They hope to make 900 additional shields for the City of Hope, LAC + USC Medical Center and the Adventist White Memorial Hospital.
Helping serve our older adults
Bonchon recently donated twenty meals for the City’s older adult meal program to help support our community.
Donating masks to San Gabriel’s finest
Supporting San Gabriel’s first responders, the Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel donated 5,000 masks to the San Gabriel Fire Department and the San Gabriel Police Department. Fred Kokash, the hotel’s Director of Sales and Marketing, noted that the Sheraton was glad it was able to help.
Serving tea to our medical workers and front line workers
Bubble Republic brought drinks to local medical workers, members of the San Gabriel Police Department and employees at City Hall. “Since I am just a small business owner, the one thing I can provide for the community is tea”, says Michael Tu, owner of Bubble Republic. Heartbroken at what he was seeing, Tu wanted to show appreciation to medical professionals and essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When asked what inspired him to do this, Tu said, "I do what I think is right, and that is to help in whatever way I can.”
Local organization gives back
After receiving a generous donation of $2,000, the Alhambra-San Gabriel Elks Lodge contributed essential supplies to La Casa de San Gabriel’s food pantry. Members Mary, John, Mick, Ruth and Efren were able to unload and hand out food during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pacific Plaza Premier reached out to the Asian Youth Center during the COVID-19 pandemic and asked what they could do to help. After donating $4,000 to their emergency food program, Pacific Plaza Premier reached out to their network to gather an additional $20,000 in contributions. These contributions have allowed AYC to feed more than 400 families in April by distributing more than 12,000 meals.
Kindness in Numbers
To date, the City has received countless donations from our community for important supplies for our first responders and essential workers. These include:
Bottles of hand sanitizer
Packs of disinfectant wipes
We’d like to thank our partners in the community for their generous donations.