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Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:06 PM

Harbor Freight is donating their ENTIRE supply of PPE to hospitals:

What a great example. Just received this email from them:

Dear Harbor Freight Community,

As we’ve been following the news over the last few days, we’ve heard about the severe shortage of protective gear for hospitals, healthcare workers and first responders as the impact of COVID-19 is being felt across the country. America depends on these heroes every day and in the days ahead we will depend on them even more. At Harbor Freight, we want them to know that they can depend on us too.

So we’ve decided to donate our entire supply of the personal protective equipment items listed below to front line hospitals with 24 hour emergency rooms in the communities served by our stores.

• N95 Masks
• Face Shields
• 5 and 7 mil Nitrile Gloves
If you work at a hospital with a 24 hour emergency room in need of these items, please ask the office in charge of procurement at your hospital to click here so they can provide us with the information we’ll need to determine if we can make a donation. If you’re not with a hospital, but would like to give us the name of a hospital with a 24 hour emergency room in your community that might need our help, please email us at hospitalhelp@harborfreight.com, identify the hospital’s city and state in the subject line, and our team will follow-up.

PLEASE DO NOT MAKE REQUESTS AT YOUR LOCAL STORE OR OUR CALL CENTER AND PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT HOSPITALS—THEY’RE BUSY HELPING THEIR PATIENTS.

For hospitals we’re able to help, we’ll email them a voucher when the supplies are available for pick up at their local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Although we certainly won’t have enough of these supplies to fill everyone’s needs, we’re going to donate everything we’ve got. We also recognize that there are so many other critically important people responding to this crisis and that there is need everywhere. We’ve chosen to focus our efforts on hospitals with a 24 hour emergency room with the hope that we can help as many people as possible right now.

Thank you and God Bless,

Eric Smidt
Owner and Founder
Harbor Freight Tools

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Reply Harbor Freight is donating their ENTIRE supply of PPE to hospitals: (Original post)
ret5hd Mar 22 OP
50 Shades Of Blue Mar 22 #1
sheshe2 Mar 22 #2
barbtries Mar 22 #3
rzemanfl Mar 22 #5
barbtries Mar 22 #7
CottonBear Mar 22 #8
barbtries Mar 22 #9
rzemanfl Mar 22 #16
getagrip_already Mar 22 #26
rzemanfl Mar 22 #29
SeattleVet Mar 22 #30
Ferrets are Cool Mar 22 #13
Woodwizard Mar 22 #17
sarge43 Mar 22 #19
Ferrets are Cool Mar 22 #24
yaesu Mar 22 #36
Leghorn21 Mar 22 #4
KT2000 Mar 22 #6
IcyPeas Mar 22 #10
ret5hd Mar 22 #11
Arkansas Granny Mar 22 #12
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OhioChick Mar 22 #22
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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:08 PM

1. K & R!

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:12 PM

2. Bless them.

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:15 PM

3. i'm not familiar with this store,

but if one was near, i'd shop there. what a great and patriotic thing to do.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:21 PM

5. I call it "Toys for Boys." n/t

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:23 PM

7. what is it?

Marine supplies? With that name i actually thought it was a trucking company. I don't believe i've ever heard of it.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #7)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:24 PM

8. Hardware, farm and garden, tools, etc. n/t

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Response to CottonBear (Reply #8)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:26 PM

9. thank you nt

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Response to barbtries (Reply #7)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:49 PM

16. They sell every sort of tool imagineable.

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #16)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 04:32 PM

26. It's the lowest possible quality and cost but...

Their stuff will work as intended for a period of time.

If you need a one off tool you won't need again, it's a good place to check.

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Response to getagrip_already (Reply #26)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 04:39 PM

29. True. I needed a star head screwdriver to change a brake light bulb.

I am sure the set I bought will outlast the car. Assuming I can find them again in the garage....

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Response to getagrip_already (Reply #26)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 04:40 PM

30. They have upped their game over the past few years.

Many of their tools now come in 3 different lines, sort of good-better-best. Their higher quality stuff is actually quite good.

It used to be that the main buying advise was "if it's something that can kill you, get it somewhere else", but with the newer product lines they have really made themselves less of a joke (Google 'horror fraught tools' for MAD mazagine's take on it), and more of a go-to place for decent quality stuff.

They still have the low quality stuff for the home DIY'er that needs something for one or two jobs around the house and doesn't care if it doesn't last or hold an edge.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:38 PM

13. It is the place where "we poor people"

buy cheap stuff made in China that is too expensive at Home Depot and Lowes. And the "we" includes me.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #13)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:51 PM

17. There are some really good tools

At Harbor Freight just have to know what you are looking at. A good amount of tools in my shop is from there. Even a small metal lathe I bought out of the catalog in the early 90's still gets a fair amount of use.

My biggest complaint is the junk electric cords they use on hand power tools I replace them.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #13)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 04:08 PM

19. Not stuff for the professionals.

but for the weekend warriors and just one job, it's the go-to.

Hubby has two sets of tools for his car work: Original Craftsman for those jobs when he has to remove the license plate, then move forward bolt by bolt to the transmission. Harbor Freight for tightening the fan belt.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #19)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 04:29 PM

24. Agreed.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 06:07 PM

36. back in the 90's I ordered a trailer kit from them for hauling behind vehicles, still have it. nt

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:19 PM

4. Yessssssss, just

YES!!!

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:21 PM

6. Kudos Eric Smidt!!

That is now my favorite store!

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:26 PM

10. here's their Twitter if you'd like to send a thank you!

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:30 PM

11. About Harbor Freight (wikipedia):

Harbor Freight Tools is a privately held discount tool and equipment retailer, headquartered in Calabasas, California, which operates a chain of retail stores, as well as a mail-order and e-commerce business. The company employs over 20,000 people in the United States[2] and has 1,000 locations in 48 states. On August 14th, 2019, they opened their 1,000th store in Louisville, Kentucky.


On January 9, 2013, CEO Smidt, through Harbor Freight Tools, donated $1.4 million of tools and equipment to the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) Career Technical Education.[16] The donation was presented to LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia and Executive Director Michael Romero at the East Los Angeles Skills Center and Occupational Center in front of an assembly.[17]
Later in the same year, Harbor Freight Tools expanded its Tools for Schools program by donating a $100,000 gift of tools and equipment to South Carolina schools.[18]
In February 2018, Cedars-Sinai announced a $50 million gift from Eric and Susan Smidt and The Smidt Foundation to create the Smidt Heart Institute. So far, the gift is the largest donation in Cedars-Sinai's 116-year history.[19]

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:30 PM

12. Good for them.. Maybe more companies will follow suit.

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:47 PM

14. Hand salute, Harbor Freight.

Thank you for taking responsibility.

You can take a place among the good guys.

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:47 PM

15. Awesome! I will shop there.

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 03:59 PM

18. Excellent!

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #20)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 04:16 PM

22. Thank you for thinking of me, you're kind n/t

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Response to OhioChick (Reply #22)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 05:15 PM

34. Your earlier post gnawed at me.

Neither of my 2 adult offspring are in healthcare, but your description had me imagining being in your position. May you all come through safely.

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 04:16 PM

21. Got this to my son's administration as soon as it was announced n/t

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 04:26 PM

23. This is fantastic. Harbor Freight will be my new store.

We have a Harbor Freight less than three miles from our hospital.

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 04:30 PM

25. A ray of sunshine, of companies stepping up to the plate. Thank god and screw rump.

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 04:36 PM

27. This is bringing...

...tears to my eyes.

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 04:38 PM

28. Thank you Harbor Freight...

love these stores...as an original member of the impoverished elite I have shopped there for years...I love the coupons for a free led flashlight with any purchase...I have about 6 of those and they work remarkably well...highly recommended...

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 04:43 PM

31. Excellent news! (just wait, the orange buffoon will take credit for this) nt

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 04:59 PM

32. We will remember this

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 05:10 PM

33. They survive this madness and I do too I'm a customer for life.

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 05:47 PM

35. Love Harbor Freight!

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2020, 09:53 AM

37. I love this store and will continue to shop there.

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2020, 10:22 AM

38. Crisis highlights Character.

Eric Smidt is a Good person.

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2020, 10:26 AM

39. I'm already a HF shopper but I be shopping there more often now.



Very good corporate responsibility. Thank you.

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2020, 10:27 AM

40. Hmm 🤔 note to self: buy at Harbor Freight. nt

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2020, 12:26 PM

41. We'll be going back there to shop again.

Got one not far from us. I got a neat set of solar accent light for the garden. They’re on stakes. You just push the stake into the ground and enjoy another benefit from a sunny day! I’ll be back for more.

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2020, 12:45 PM

42. I have bought very high quality tools there especially woodworking tools

they have bought other tool manufacturers such as DeWalt and others down to their price levels in order to stay competitive!

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Response to ret5hd (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2020, 01:14 PM

43. Have been shopping there for 25+ years.

They may not be Craftsman or Snap-On but they get the job done.

Still have many of tools that I have bought there over the years.

We bought masks and gloves about a month ago from them.

Also looking at solar panels and other power alternatives.

Some of it looks good. Just need to do research before you buy.

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