Facebook donates wildfire mask stockpile for COVID-19 response

The masks were originally purchased to be worn during wildfires in California, where Facebook is headquartered


By Laura French

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the company is donating 720,000 face masks it had stockpiled for California’s wildfires in order to aid communities in their COVID-19 response efforts.

Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post on Sunday that the masks had been held as an emergency reserve in case the wildfires in California, where Facebook is headquartered, continued.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the company is donating its emergency reserve of face masks it had originally purchased for California's wildfires.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the company is donating its emergency reserve of face masks it had originally purchased for California's wildfires. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

He did not identify any specific recipients but said, “Health workers urgently need more protective gear.”

Zuckerberg also said the company is also working to donate millions more masks from other sources.

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