Halsey Donated 100,000 Masks to Hospital Workers and Thanked Them for Their "Selflessness"
The singer said she also plans to make "a sizeable donation" to GiveDirectly, a non-profit that allows you to send money directly to vulnerable families hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mask shortages are hurting several hospitals across the country. To help essential workers struggling to find face masks during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Halsey announced she's donating 100,000 face masks to four healthcare organizations in California.
"Every single day I am in awe of the medical workers on the frontlines," the singer wrote on Instagram alongside a photo showing several shipments of FDA-certified disposable medical masks. "Their determination, selflessness, and empathy is the single greatest example of our capacity to love and survive as humans."
Halsey "acquired and purchased" the masks—which appear to be paper surgical masks (as opposed to N95 respirators)—with the help of Orange International, Inc., a New York City-based women's apparel manufacturer, she wrote on Instagram. The company assisted the singer in securing the masks from a factory in Guangzhou, China, she explained.
"I am beyond privileged to be self-isolating in my home, without the fear and obligation of essential work employment. Without a sick family member to care for. A child to feed. A financial crisis to navigate. So I tried to find a real way to make a difference," continued Halsey. (Related: Celebs Are Sharing Who They #StayHomeFor to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus)
The "Without Me" singer said she plans to distribute the masks to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph, LAC USC Medical Center, and Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital—four California hospitals that, like many more in the country, face shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE).
"We're being exposed, then we're going out and taking care of other patients," a Cedars-Sinai worker recently told the Orange County Register. "We should all be protected to the highest level at all times."
Becca Bartles, executive director of infection prevention at Providence Saint Joseph Health, echoed those sentiments to Bloomberg in March, sharing that the 51-hospital system was "very close to being out of face shields," and was just a "couple of days away" from running out of face masks.
Halsey's donation follows California Governor Gavin Newsom's recent order for those in the state who have "greater than minimum amounts" of PPE—including gloves, N95 masks, safety goggles, face shields, hand sanitizer, ventilators, and surgical masks, among other resources—to donate the equipment by April 15. (Related: Should You Start Making and Wearing DIY Masks to Protect Against the Coronavirus?)
The singer also urged people to look into GiveDirectly, a non-profit organization that allows you to donate money directly to vulnerable families hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. "I will be making a sizeable donation, and encourage you to help in any way that you can," wrote Halsey.
"Please continue to stay home, if you can," Halsey reminded her followers. "If you are on the frontlines, my heart is with you. And I will be continuing the fight to help you get the support and resources you need."