Bass Pro Shops founder donates 1 million masks to health care workers

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In this Sept. 19, 2017 photo, the Bass Pro Shops logo is seen at the entrance to a store in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Bass Pro Shops’ roughly $4 billion acquisition of rival outdoor retailer Cabela’s is complete, but the small western Nebraska town that has been home to Cabela’s is still wondering about its future. The closing announcement made Monday, Sept. 25, didn’t address how many of the roughly 2,000 Cabela’s jobs will remain in Sidney, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KOLR) — Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops, is donating 1 million face masks throughout the United States to COVID-19 healthcare workers with 40,000 of those masks being distributed here in the Ozarks, according to a press release from Convoy of Hope.

He will be donating FDA-approved ASTM Level 1 Procedure Face Masks. In the Ozarks, the 40,000 masks will be donated to Mercy Hospital Springfield, CoxHealth Springfield, CoxHealth Branson, Mercy Hospital Lebanon, Golden Valley Memorial Hospital Clinton, and Citizens Memorial Hospital Bolivar.

“We are extremely grateful to our nation’s healthcare workers serving on the frontlines of this unprecedented global health crisis,” Morris said in the press release. “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.”

Convoy of Hope will deliver these masks in every Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s community across the United States, according to the press release.

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