The automotive industry hasn’t been dealing too well, coming face-to-face with the current challenges presented due to the pandemic. Which makes us all the more glad when automakers have the heart to make humanitarian decisions.
As part of the governor of Michigan’s MI Mask Aid plan, Ford is donating 1.5 million masks, which is about one week’s worth of production for the automaker.
Ford CEO Jim Hackett spoke at a press conference held by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, saying that the automaker has produced over 72 million pieces “for lifesaving support” during the length of the pandemic, not counting the 1.5 million masks they are donating to MI Mask Aid. The initiative has provided upto 4 million masks including the 1.5 million from Ford.
About 54 million face masks the manufacturer has made so far have all been used in factories by workers, till now that is. According to a spokesperson from Ford, they were able to donate the surplus masks that came out of the continued production of masks for employees, and if it continues, Ford may even be able to provide to other states.
Ford also announced yesterday that its employee donation match program had raised over $1 million to support COVID-19 related relief efforts around the world, including programs in Brazil, India and South Africa. The fund also made donations to three non-profit agencies in Michigan, which includes United Way for Southeastern Michigan, The Pope Francis Center, and The Ark, an Ann Arbor folk-music club, which used the money for its “The Ark Family Room Series” livestream programming.