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Gap Inc. 45th Birthday: From co-workers to family

PeopleTanya Hart, Gap Inc. bloggerComment

Gap is turning 45 this month, and it wouldn’t be a birthday if we didn’t take the opportunity to look back, to take stock.

So, we asked employees to share moments from our history that most stick out most in their minds, moments that represent our business, and the people who work here.

Here’s one such story.

When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, Patti D’Amico was the Banana Republic district manager there.

Almost all of her employees were forced to evacuate, and all five of the area stores were severely damaged, and shut down. Her own house flooded, and yet she chose to go to work every day.

“Gap Inc. employees worked around the clock to help me find everyone on my team,” said Patti, a 27-year Gap Inc. veteran who now recruits for Athleta.

“And then they helped (displaced) employees find a home within other stores that hadn’t been hit. Gap Inc., to me, is the people throughout the country who opened their arms and said, ‘How can we help? What can we do?’” 

As the district team struggled to reopen stores, still more people came to help. And then Gap Foundation volunteer teams rebuilt homes in neighborhoods hit the hardest.

“This is the Gap that I love – the people and the culture that Don and Doris have created that inspires us all to do what is right. I am exceptionally proud to be spending my career here.”