Nintendo is one of many lending a hand to help stop COVID-19 in its tracks. The COVID-19 public health crisis is straining the world, and recently, the United States has fallen into its clutches. The virus brings plenty of non-illness-related complications along with it, including shortages of food, household supplies, and important protective equipment that healthcare providers rely on to safely treat patients and limit spread. One such item in hot demand: N95 Particulate Respirator masks, crucially helpful to active doctors and nurses.
A Nintendo production facility located in North Bend, Washington happened to have several thousand N95s laying around for emergency preparedness and, well, COVID-19 certainly constitutes an emergency. The company decided to donate the masks for use throughout the region, an inspiring contribution in such trying times.
A “Thank You” post on North Bend, Washington’s website offers a bit more detail on the how the donation came to be.
North Bend is home to the North American production facility of the world’s largest video gaming company. Nintendo has been “Putting Smiles on the Faces of Everyone Nintendo Touches”, according to their Corporate Social Responsibility statement. Today is no different. Nintendo representative Jerry Danson contacted Eastside Fire & Rescue (EF&R) to generously donate over 9,500 N95 Particulate Respirator masks.
Nintendo’s generosity here is no small deal. The donation will hopefully inspire generosity from any others who may be fortunate enough to have expendable protective equipment. Community crises like COVID-19 are best fought by united communities, and Nintendo did its part to bring such unity to fruition.