Mark Wahlberg donates 1.3 million face masks to deprived schools
They will go to some of the most at-risk school districts in the United States
Mark Wahlberg has donated over 1.3 million face masks to deprived and disadvantaged school districts across America.
The Hollywood star made the gesture as a form of thanks to teachers and school staff for their hard work amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Wahlberg's sports nutrition brand Performance Inspired teamed up with lifestyle brand LifeToGo to donate the disposable face masks to low-income schools.
Currently, two per cent of Performance Inspired's profits go to charitable causes.
In the following video, the 49-year-old actor expressed gratitude to the thousands of key workers and teachers continuing to do their best during the pandemic.
He said: "As you know, this has been a year of change and stress for everybody.
"But today, I want to thank our essential workers. You guys have kept us healthy, safe and supplied us with all the necessities."
As it stands, more than 1.3 million face masks have been distributed to school districts in Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland and San Antonio, Texas.
Healthcare workers and those working on the frontline of the emergency services have received much praise for their work during the pandemic.
In the UK, the Clap For Carers movement gave thanks to NHS staff and the healthcare profession in general. However, the scheme was ended after 10 weeks, as even the movement's founder admitted more needed to be done for key workers.
After 10 weeks, the initiator of Clap for Carers has said it’s time to stop the clapping.
The point was never just to show our appreciation for frontline workers. It was to raise their place in society.
Clapping is not enough. We have to go further. pic.twitter.com/0F1KBYTYuP
— PoliticsJOE (@PoliticsJOE_UK) May 27, 2020
However, the efforts of educational staff have arguably been overlooked in the months since the first lockdown. Both here and in America.
It is this which prompted Mark Wahlberg to pay special thanks to teachers and their families.
"Everyday brings a new challenge, but we continue to pray for you and your families," Wahlberg said.
"And please know your efforts are much appreciated."