Since the COVID-19 pandemic has struck Canada, many hospitals are in need of protective equipment. IKEA Canada came to the rescue on Thursday after discovering 66,000 N95 masks in their Vaughan location. The furniture chain was quick to donate them to a nearby hospital.
IKEA states that the masks were discovered after they decided to take a look around their stores to see what they could find to help with the PPE shortage.
"Upon learning about the potential PPE shortage in Canada, many of our stores looked to see what we could donate," Kristin Newbigging, IKEA Canada's public relations director told Narcity.
"We were amazed to discover this huge quantity of masks in our Vaughan store and immediately contacted local authorities to see if they could be of use and how we could best donate them."
The Vaughan location quickly packed them up and delivered them to North York General Hospital.
The furniture company later took to Twitter to share the hopeful news and to encourage all organizations to look for extra PPE supplies.
"We're thrilled to be able to support our frontline health care providers! If your organization has extra PPE, please contact local health authorities to see how you can help," read a tweet from the group.
We’re thrilled to be able to support our frontline health care providers! If your organization has extra PPE, pleas… https://t.co/CNzlxqvN4L— IKEA Canada (@IKEA Canada) 1585255090.0
According to Global News, at least two Toronto hospitals are now limiting face masks for frontline health care workers due to a widespread PPE shortage.
The PPE Drive has been set up to encourage companies and residents who have medical equipment to donate it to their local hospitals.
Thanks to our friends at @IKEACanada for donating 60,000 N95 masks to @NYGH_News. Your donation will make a huge di… https://t.co/zNJjBdggkp— thePPEdrive (@thePPEdrive) 1585252243.0
It was reported yesterday that Toronto sidewalks and parking lots are becoming littered with plastic gloves and face masks as residents take every precaution to protect themselves.
Discarded gloves are being found on sidewalks and parking lots across the city.
Toronto's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eileen de Villa made a statement asking residents to dispose of their garbage properly.