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Aramark has donated 250,000 face masks to the American Red Cross, announces the company in a press release. The masks will be worn by Red Cross staff at blood drives during the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting workers and the volunteer donors who are key to saving lives.

“As COVID-19 continues to impact our nation and the world, there remains a need for supplies and protective gear, like these masks, to allow frontline workers and communities to safely combat this pandemic,” says John Zillmer, CEO of Aramark. “We thank the Red Cross for their heroics and are proud to make this donation as we all continue to come together to do our part to protect one another.”

“Blood donations remain essential to the health of communities. The Red Cross needs the ongoing support of blood donors and partners like Aramark to ensure blood products are available for patients in need, including those who need surgery, cancer patients or trauma victims,” says Guy Triano, CEO for the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania. “These masks will protect our workers as well as our volunteer donors and help save lives.”

Aramark has a long history of working with and donating material aid and financial assistance to the Red Cross during times of great need. Most recently, in April, Aramark partnered with the American Red Cross, the Debra and Leon Black Family, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and Robin Hood to launch “NYC Healthcare Heroes” and provide more than 400,000 packages of food, household and personal care products to New York hospital staff on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, alleviating the burden of having to shop for themselves and their families.