QUINCY (CBS) — Dorchester native Mark Wahlberg has made a big donation to keep students and teachers safe during the coronavirus pandemic. The actor and his nutrition company Performance Inspired have teamed up with lifestyle brand LifeToGo to give 1.3 million disposable face masks to schools across the country.
Wahlberg and the companies worked with local districts in select cities to figure out where the face masks were most needed. Schools in Quincy and Woonsocket, Rhode Island received masks locally. Masks also went to schools in Bentonville, Arkansas; Boise, Idaho, Chicago; Cincinnati; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Lakeland, Florida; Minneapolis; Portland, Oregon; Rochester, New York; Salisbury, North Carolina and San Antonio.READ MORE: Massachusetts Reports 44 New COVID Cases, 8 Additional Deaths
Billboards featuring Wahlberg thanking essential workers are going up in those markets. In a video announcing the donation, Wahlberg thanked those fighting the pandemic on the front lines.READ MORE: 3 Boston Police Officers, City Sued For Alleged Excessive Force On 4 Protesters In May 2020 Riot
“Every day brings a new challenge, but we continue to pray for you and your families,” he said.MORE NEWS: Vermont, 1st State To Vaccinate 80% Of Eligible Population, Lifts All COVID Restrictions