ORLANDO, Fla. – Disney Parks has donated thousands of respirators and rain ponchos to hospitals and medical professionals to help protect healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Disney says it recently donated more than 100,000 N95 masks to the states of New York, California and Florida. These masks, or respirators, are protective devices designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Disney also says it has provided 150,000 rain ponchos to MedShare, a humanitarian aid organization, for distribution to hospitals in need. Nurses and others on the frontlines of the crisis can use the ponchos to protect their clothing and prolong the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), while also freeing up gowns.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we’ve seen before,” said Charles Redding, MedShare CEO and President. “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. We appreciate Disney partnering with us to support hospitals and healthcare workers on the frontlines.”
These efforts follow Disney’s recent donation of more than 270 tons of food to local food banks from Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris, and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa.
Since March, Disney Parks says it has provided nearly $3 million in in-kind donations benefiting communities around the globe.
These donations come after Disney and other large amusement parks closed and suspended their cruises to help stop the spread of COVID-19.