IKEA Canada just donated thousands of N95 masks to a local hospital
IKEA Canada just donated thousands of N95 masks to a local hospital after unearthing the medical equipment in storage at their Vaughan, Ontario location.
On Thursday, IKEA employees scoured their stores to see if they could find anything useful to help with the Canada-wide shortage of personal protective equipment.
It was then that employees in Vaughan discovered 66,000 masks.
We’re thrilled to be able to support our frontline health care providers! If your organization has extra PPE, please contact local health authorities to see how you can help #ThePPEDrive #IKEACanada #IKEAVaughan https://t.co/hOmQOsUpfZ— IKEA Canada (@IKEACanada) March 26, 2020
Public relations director Kristin Newbigging said, "We were amazed to discover this huge quantity of masks in our Vaughan store."
"[We] immediately contacted local authorities to see if they could be of use and how we could best donate them."
IKEA employees packed up the masks and donated them to North York General Hospital, which is about 25 kilometres from the Vaughan location.
The PPE took to Twitter to express their gratitude, writing, "Thanks to our friends at @IKEACanada for donating 60,000 N95 masks to @NYGH_News. Your donation will make a huge difference in the fight against COVID-19!"
Canadian companies are rallying to meet the shortage of medical supplies, with Bauer, Canada Goose, Labatt and various auto parts companies volunteering to help produce masks, gowns and hand sanitizer in the coming weeks.
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