For years, thousands of pairs of disposable gloves have been sitting in the warehouse of glove company Hestra, which relocated its national headquarters to Arvada in 2019. Though the company …
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For years, thousands of pairs of disposable gloves have been sitting in the warehouse of glove company Hestra, which relocated its national headquarters to Arvada in 2019. Though the company specializes in outdoor and dress gloves, it ordered the disposable gloves after a couple of clients requested them, said Hestra's US president, Dino Dardano.
However, tens of thousands of the gloves were never sold when the clients ended up looking to other providers. Dardano had completely forgotten about the unsold gloves until March of this year, as the numerous health and safety impacts of COVID-19 started negatively affecting the community.
“It's kind of a unique thing and it popped into my head,” Dardano said. “I think a lot of people want to help and this is a small contribution but hopefully, it makes a difference.”
On March 25, Hestra donated a total of about 38,000 pairs of gloves to the city of Arvada, with a portion of the donation going to the fire department and another to the police department.
First responders will wear the gloves, in addition to other protective equipment, whenever they respond to calls in which they need to contact somebody exhibiting symptoms, said detective Dave Snelling, spokesperson for the Arvada Police Department.
“It's just another amazing example of how our community is so supportive of the police department, and we never take that for granted,” Snelling said.
The donation was made a day before Hestra had to temporarily shut down its facility until at least April 17 and shift to remote working because of statewide stay-at-home orders, Dardano said.
But despite the unideal business situation, the donation provided a chance to turn a negative into a positive.
“The Arvada community has welcomed us with open arms. It's great to be able to give back and support them,” he said. “This is our home forever and it's great to be a part of the community.”
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