PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Patriot Home Care bought more than 30,000 respirator masks for the sole purpose of giving them away.

Executive Vice President Ted Millstein said at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, his vendors offered to sell Patriot Home Care the masks. His company doesn’t use them, so they decided to take the offer anyway so they can give them to people who need them, like health care workers.

On Tuesday, Patriot Home Care donated 1,400 respirator masks to Philadelphia’s 14th and 35th police districts.

“We believe it’s the right thing to do,” said Millstein. “These people are out there sacrificing their lives, putting themselves and their families at risk — all so we can either be cured of coronavirus or are able to stay home, shelter in place, and do the things that we’re supposed to do. The community has been good to Patriot over the years. Now it’s time for us to give back and pay it forward.”

Not all of the masks are hospital-grade quality, so they are being given to community groups, police and first responders.

The hospital-grade respirator masks will go to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Einstein Medical Center.