On Wednesday, Disney Parks revealed it has donated thousands of rain ponchos and N95 masks to hospitals and medical professionals in need around the country to help battle the latest coronavirus outbreak.
In an announcement, the Walt Disney Company’s parks division said it donated 150,000 rain ponchos to MedShare, a humanitarian relief agency it said would help distribute them.
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It also said it sent over 100,000 N95 masks to New York, which has seen the country’s worst outbreak, and to California and Florida, where it runs its two biggest parks.
The CEO and president of MedShare, Charles Redding, said the company appreciates Disney Parks ‘donation to “help hospitals and health workers on the frontlines.” “The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we’ve seen before,” said Redding in a statement. “We need to find ways to pool our resources and work together to support healthcare professionals who do their best to serve patients and have COVID-19 in place.“
Last month, Disneyland and Disney World revealed that they will donate surplus food to food banks in their respective Florida and California areas while the parks remain closed during the pandemic.
Harald Herrmann, who serves as CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County at the time, said the “donations of food, especially shelf-stable food, will be crucial in the days and weeks ahead to help those in our community impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.“
Disney revealed last month that it would close its parks in the U.S. to help curb COVID-19 spread. The New York Times said the closures represented the first instance since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, that both parks have been closed by the company.