2.3 Million Helping Hands
What does it take for 2 million people around the world to lend a helping hand?
Lots and lots and lots of gloves.
In June, a healthcare company donated over 60 pallets of nitrile exam gloves to Brother’s Brother Foundation—that’s 2,314,700 pairs of gloves. The donation entered our warehouse on three trucks; our staff spent several days organizing and tallying hundreds of brown boxes.
Unlike latex gloves, nitrile gloves are resistant to hazardous chemicals and are puncture-resistant, making them well-suited for delivering all types of aid from operating on a patient or providing wound care to cleaning up a natural disaster or serving food to those in need.
Over the next three months, boxes of exam gloves left BBF’s warehouse on 18 shipments, setting the framework for 2.3 million instances of aid in nine countries.
More than 290,000 pairs of gloves went to healthcare workers at St. Joseph’s Mission Hospital in Nguludi, Malawi, and another 130,000 pairs went to those working at Jimenez Medicare Community Hospital in Oroquieta City, Philippines.
Eighty-four thousand pairs of gloves were sent on a 40-foot container of medical supplies to Ukraine and 8,500 pairs of gloves supported humanitarian work in El Salvador.
Working with Food For The Poor, BBF provided 397,500 pairs of gloves to the Honduran nonprofit CEPUDO, 439,000 pairs to the Sovereign Order of Malta in Guatemala, and 207,200 pairs to Fundación Cruz Jiminián, a nonprofit that provides health care in the Dominican Republic.
Our partnership with Cross Catholic Outreach sent exam gloves to more on-the-ground organizations in these countries, shipping another 345,500 pairs to Honduras, 254,000 pairs to Guatemala, and 80,000 pairs to the Dominican Republic.
After the torrential rainstorm and 4.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti in June, BBF sent 75,000 pairs of gloves to the nation’s capital in Port au Prince. Locally, BBF began a partnership with Catholic Charities Diocese of Pittsburgh by providing the organization’s free health care center with 3,000 pairs of gloves.
The value of the 2.3 million gloves we have provided tops more than $160,000. The impact they’ve made –and continue to make –on those in need of a helping hand exceeds any dollar amount.