Giancarlo Stanton donating 15,000 face shields to healthcare workers
Giancarlo Stanton announced this week an initiative through which 15,000 face shields will be donated to healthcare workers in New York and his native Southern California.
The New York Yankees slugger has already provided 12,000 face shields to various healthcare facilities. 6,000 have been designated for four separate facilities in New York City and the remaining 6,000 will go to three hospitals in the Los Angeles area.
“I’ve seen the growing needs of the healthcare workers,” Stanton said, per Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. “I’ve kind of been doing research and seeing what they need the most, what can benefit them through the long haul of this. I know they’ve had to exchange masks throughout the day, and with the limitation on masks in general, I thought it would be a smart idea to get those face shields to cut that number down.
“The shields are reusable. You can wash them and keep them going. That was the idea there.”
Stanton, along with his agents, collaborated with Voodoo Manufacturing, a company that is utilizing 200 3D printers to produce personal protective equipment for front-line workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.
With 12,000 face shields already in the process of being distributed, Stanton indicated another 3,000 are in the works. The Yankees superstar also plans to examine how to provide face masks to healthcare workers in Miami, where he once starred with the Marlins.
“We’re looking as the virus adapts,” Stanton said, “kind of researching which individual city needs the most. New York was hit really hard and L.A. as well, especially the African-American and Latino communities. We’ll take care of those. Miami as well.”
Along with laying out his admirable efforts to help out overworked healthcare workers left scrambling for PPEs amid the COVID-19 outbreak aside, Stanton also made note of how he’s recovering well from a calf injury that plagued him in spring training before Major League Baseball shut down operations.
“I’ll be ready to go whenever that time comes,” Stanton said.