Bass Pro Shops Founder Personally Donates 1 Million Masks to First Responders & Health Care Workers
Russ Chastain 04.21.20
Many of our readers know the name of Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops. What you may not know is that he is personally donating a million ASTM Level 1 Procedure Face Masks to first responders and health care workers.
From the press release:
Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is personally donating one million FDA-approved ASTM Level 1 Procedure Face Masks to healthcare workers and first responders working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis across the United States.
The nationwide donation comes as supplies for personal protective equipment are in high demand and short supply in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the influx of patients at U.S. hospitals and medical centers being treated for the virus, critical supplies like face masks have been rapidly depleted, leaving tens of thousands of healthcare workers in a vulnerable state as they race to save lives and protect communities.
Morris has been working with CEO of True Timber and Bass Pro Shops partner Rusty Sellars since the crisis began to take shape.
The logistics of the donation have been in the works since in the onset of the crisis. Morris worked with Bass Pro Shops partner Rusty Sellars, CEO of True Timber, to source the masks through his apparel and fabric suppliers.
The masks will be distributed by Convoy of Hope, a “faith-based, nonprofit organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, and disaster response.”
Convoy of Hope is utilizing its national network of partners and volunteers to identify appropriate local hospitals and medical facilities, and help distribute the masks based on area needs and demands. The donation will provide thousands of hard-to-find masks to every local community with a Bass Pro Shops or Cabela’s store, boat center, distribution center, and White River Marine Group manufacturing facility -– over 200 communities in total. Each community will receive thousands of face masks for area healthcare providers.
Bass Pro Shops and Convoy of Hope have had a long-standing partnership for more than two decades; they’re both based out of Springfield, Missouri.
Good on ya, Johnny Morris, Rusty Sellars, and Convoy of Hope!