Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris has made a personal donation of one million ASTM Level 1 Procedure Face Masks for healthcare workers.
He made the donation to Convoy of Hope, who will distribute the masks nationwide in the fight against COVID-19. Locally, a total of 40,000 masks will go to Mercy & CoxHealth facilities along with hospitals in Clinton and Bolivar.
“The generosity of Johnny Morris will make a significant impact in the battle against coronavirus across North America,” Jeff Nene, national spokesperson for Convoy of Hope, said in a statement. “At a time when our healthcare workers are being pushed to the limit physically and emotionally, we’re grateful for partners like Johnny and his incredible team of Outfitters who continue to place a priority on giving back and helping our medical professionals safely perform their live-saving duties.”
Convoy officials say they will be working with their network affiliates to see which parts of the country have the highest need for the masks. They will also go to every community with a Bass Pro Shops or Cabela’s store, boat center, distribution center, and White River Marine Group manufacturing facility.
Morris had been working on the donation since the onset of the crisis according to Convoy officials. He had been working with the CEO of True Timber to source masks through apparel and fabric suppliers.
“We are extremely grateful to our nation’s healthcare workers serving on the frontlines of this unprecedented global health crisis,” Morris said in a statement. “These heroic men and women continue to dedicate their lives to save the loved ones of others, and we are all honored to support them on behalf of everyone at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, and the communities we serve.”