Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, the Ford Motor Company has manufactured and donated more than 75 million pieces of personal protective gear such as face shields, respirators, ventilators, and medical gowns to those on the front lines of the pandemic — first responders, healthcare workers, and COVID-19 positive patients. Now, citizens in at-risk communities across the U.S. will also benefit from the charitable direction of the automaker referred to as Project Apollo, as it shifts gears to donate 10 million masks.
“Protecting the health of students, families, workers and others at risk in our communities is the top priority as we continue to fight back against this unprecedented pandemic,” said Mary Culler, president, Motor Ford Company Fund. “We are proud to add these masks to our ongoing community support knowing we are at our best when we all come together to help.”
Groups earmarked for the first round of masks include small businesses in African American communities located in Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, Atlanta, Detroit, and Chicago; Disabled American Veterans, food banks, the American Red Cross, students studying at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and students at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.
Detroit’s Ford Resource and Engagement Centers will serve as a mask distribution hub, and the state of Michigan will receive 1.5 million masks. These masks will be handed out to health centers, homeless shelters, and COVID-19 testing sites across the state.
We at Greenbrier Ford in Lewisburg, West Virginia, are proud of the Ford Motor Company’s efforts to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.