San Rafael Electricians Keep on the Job — Delivering Groceries – NBC Bay Space

Alex Towery’s electricians came to work in the San Rafael store like it was another day. They met before going to work even though the job had changed.

Instead of wearing wire cutters or electrical gauges, these trained specialists instead went to grocery stores armed with shopping lists from local seniors and others with medical problems.

As the electronics store was slowly crawling, Towery decided to keep its 15 employees on payroll by paying them to a local senior grocery store.

“We have some trucks and some people who are excited to give back to the community,” Towery said through a black medical mask.

Alex Towery, owner of Towery Electrical, goes through shopping lists with his electricians outside his San Rafael store.

Over the past few weeks, Towery’s team has been amassing their work trucks of groceries from local grocery stores and delivering them to people’s homes.

On Thursday, electrician Kevin Johnson scanned a list of groceries requested by a Mill Valley senior before ducking into Whole Foods, where he filled his cart with fresh vegetables, a whole chicken, and eggs.

“It keeps us working,” said Johnson. “I fill eight-hour days like I normally would.”

Electrician Kevin Johnson buys groceries from Whole Foods in Mill Valley to deliver to a nearby senior.

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Electrician Kevin Johnson buys groceries from Whole Foods in Mill Valley to deliver to a nearby senior.

Johnson said his own expertise actually expanded to include grocery shopping since he was the main buyer in his own home. He skilfully scanned the grocery list as he snaked through the store, checking off the list with the precision of an electrician. While it might not have been as challenging as his regular electrician job, Johnson said the rewards were just as big.

“I’ve delivered to people who are recovering from cancer, to people who literally can’t leave the house,” Johnson said.

Towery said the idea is to keep his workers busy while doing an important community service to those who couldn’t get out to get groceries. With the future unclear, he hopes to keep his employees at work for as long as possible.


Electrician Kevin Johnson buys groceries from Whole Foods in Mill Valley to deliver to a nearby senior.

“These people are extremely skilled electricians,” Towery said. “These guys know what they’re doing in the field and it’s a whole different role for them.”

Johnson rolled his modestly stocked cart from the store and transferred his bounty, which contained toilet paper, to his work truck for the short drive to his recipient, Linda Sheridan, and her husband in Mill Valley.

“Did you get toilet paper?” Sheridan screamed in disbelief, as if Johnson had just delivered the crown jewels.


Electrician Kevin Johnson delivers a load of groceries to a Mill Valley senior citizen.

“I have!” He replied.

Sheridan said she and her husband are elderly at risk and unable to come to stores to shop. The sight of Johnson and his truck brought her a sense of relief.

“Definitely give me rest,” said Sheridan. “And now I know we can eat for the next week or two.”

Towery said his phones had been ringing non-stop for the past few weeks when news broke of his grocery service. He said he had received calls and even offers to donate from across the country.

“We were so grateful,” said Towery. “Emails and letters from the people we deliver to.”

Johnson admitted that a full day of grocery shopping was a lot of work. He said one employee decided that shopping was even more strenuous than doing electrical work. Even so, Johnson suspected that the idea of ​​electricians fetching groceries wasn’t really that big a leap in jobs – both fell under the scope of public service.

“Of course I prefer to be on the field and do what I normally do,” said Johnson. “But we can help others and we would do that anyway.”

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