Big Papi joins Natick, MA company to provide 300,000 face masks for The Salvation Army's Camp Wonderland
Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz and a Massachusetts-based lighting technology company have collaborated to provide 300,000 face masks to Salvation Army summer camps and emergency disaster services in Massachusetts and The Salvation Army's Eastern Territory.
The retired MLB slugger, through his David Oritz Children's Fund, and Natick-based ThinkLite Air announced the donation in a joint press release with The Salvation Army. The masks are being distributed at The Salvation Army's Camp Wonderland in Sharon, MA as well as to emergency disaster centers across Massachusetts and the region.
“We are incredibly thankful for this donation because we have been busy getting camp ready to meet COVID safety protocols that need to be in place for this summer,” said Jen Forster, Camp Director for The Salvation Army's Camp Wonderland, in the press release announcing the donation. “We’re preparing to welcome youth back to overnight camp for the first time since before the pandemic. Our goal is to provide them with a summer to remember while keeping them healthy and safe.”
The Salvation Army has provided camp experiences since 1897 - largely thorugh donations nationwide and in-kind support to help maintain the camps.
Adequate mask supplies will be important to maintain public health and safety protocols during summer camp experiences. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says children attending summer camp can get within 3 feet of each other but should wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19. Six foot social distancing is recommended during un-masked activities such as swimming, eating and drinking and sleeping. Camp counselors are directed to maintain 6 feet of social distancing at all times, according to the CDC.
The Salvation Army is also installing an air purification system manufactured by ThinkLite at the Camp Wonderland dining hall.
“We were excited for this camp opportunity to bring happiness to children and to our frontline Emergency Disasters Services volunteers while helping to keep them safe,” Ortiz said in a statement. A ThinkLite executive, Rick Granoff, said the company is "humbled to be able to partner with Big Papi" in support of Camp Wonderland."