Disney Parks donates 100,000 masks to medical staff fighting COVID-19


Disney Parks may be closed for the time being, but the company is doing its part to help combat the COVID-19 health crisis.

Disney Parks may be closed due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis, but that hasn’t stopped the company’s parks division from doing its share to help the medical staff fighting to treat those with the disease. With numerous cities and states calling for more medical supplies, Disney Parks has donated 100,000 N95 masks to New York, California, and Florida.

According to the Disney Parks blog, the company also has donated over 150,000 of its rain ponchos to Medshare, in the hopes that these can be repurposed as protective gear to help.

“The idea was inspired by nurses across the country who inventively found that rain ponchos can be an excellent way to protect their clothing and prolong the use of PPE, while also freeing up gowns when needed,” Thomas Smith, the editorial content director for Disney Parks, wrote in the blog post announcing the decision.

Charles Redding, MedShare CEO and president echoed that sentiment, thanking Disney for its aid and saying, “We have to find ways to pool our resources and work together to help the healthcare workers who are doing their very best to treat patients and contain COVID-19.”

It’s not just medical personnel Disney Parks is helping through this health crisis, either. Between Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris, and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, 270 tons of food have also been given to local food banks to help feed the most vulnerable populations at this time.

Even without things operating normally, it seems Disney is determined to use its magic to do some good during this health crisis — and it’s not the only organization attempting to do so. Many celebrities and companies have stepped up to provide their services during these difficult times, and with any luck, they’ll continue to do so.

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For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.