UPS donating 7,500 respirator masks to Virginia hospitals

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 17: A pedestrian walks by a United Parcel Service (UPS) truck on June 17, 2014 in San Francisco, California. UPS announced plans to begin to consider box size in the pricing of ground shipments in the U.S. and standard delivery to Canada. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — With UPS Freight headquarters located in Richmond, the shipping company announced Friday the donation of 7,500 N95 respirator masks to hospitals all across Virginia.

“As a Richmond headquartered company, UPS Freight is proud to help the commonwealth of Virginia. And, there are more than 8,300 dedicated UPSers across the state.” says UPS Freight President Rich McArdle. “We are grateful for the opportunity to help the doctors, nurses and others who are on the front lines fighting the coronavirus pandemic.”

According to a report from Globe Newswire, UPS acquired enough masks to meet the needs of both its employees and healthcare workers across the Commonwealth. The report says 7,500 hospital-grade masks were delivered to Virginia’s Emergency Management Agency in Richmond on Wednesday in order to be distributed to hospitals around Virginia.

“We’re grateful to UPS for this generous donation,” Gov. Ralph Northam says. “Virginia healthcare providers are working constantly to keep us safe, and these masks will help ensure they have the protection they need.”

With deliveries that save both lives and livelihoods, UPS has been designated as an essential business by governments around the world amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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