SeaWorld Donates Hundreds of N95 Masks to Healthcare Workers in Need

In this Nov. 30, 2006, file photo, a young girl watches through the glass as a killer whale passes by while swimming in a display tank at SeaWorld in San Diego. SeaWorld San Diego is ending its controversial and long-running killer whale show. The show that featured orcas cavorting with …
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SeaWorld officials recently made a generous donation to healthcare workers battling the coronavirus pandemic in San Antonio, Texas.

When President of SeaWorld and Aquatica San Antonio Byron Surrett heard that the University Health System was in need of medical masks, he wanted to help them out, according to Fox San Antonio.

The park keeps hundreds of N95 masks on hand for its emergency staff members, but since it has been shut down until further notice due to virus concerns, Surrett decided to give the masks to those who needed them most.

“With the park temporarily closed we have supplies on hand that are going unused,” he said in a recent statement.

“We are happy to do what we can to help the San Antonio community. We hope this donation will slightly ease the strain that medical professionals at University Health System are feeling at this difficult time,” Surrett commented.

The University Health System thanked SeaWorld for its donation on Thursday, and shared a photo on Twitter of its workers receiving the boxes of supplies.

“We are so appreciative of this donation for our nurses and healthcare workers,” said Tommye Austin, senior vice president and chief nurse executive at the hospital network.

“Our highest priority is the safety of our healthcare workers and this donation will help us in that mission,” she continued.

However, the N95 masks are not the only things the park has donated to its community during the crisis.

SeaWorld gave 500 rolls of toilet paper to a nonprofit organization in the area on March 26.

“I just want to thank SeaWorld for helping us out, and our students especially. Couldn’t ask for a better turnout than this,” one recipient said.

In addition, the park also donated over 6,000 pounds of food to the San Antonio Food Bank, according to Fox San Antonio.


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