Disney selling character-themed face masks; proceeds to go to Georgia-based charity

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Disney is selling character-themed masks and is donating some of the proceeds to a charity with a Georgia base.

According to an April 30 blog post from Laura Cirigliano, Disney Parks, Experiences & Products director of communications & public affairs, the company is introducing non-medical, reusable cloth face masks featuring characters from Disney, Star Wars and Marvel. The masks come after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation to wear face coverings in public.

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Disney will donate up to $1 million of the proceeds and 1 million of the masks, which are available for preorder on shopDisney.com, to MedShare, a non-profit headquartered in Decatur that donates medical surplus supplies to hospitals.

Up to $1 million in proceeds will go to MedShare from now through Sept. 30.

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“Disney’s donations will make a tremendous impact in the communities we serve,” Charles Redding, CEO and president of MedShare, said in a statement. “Their contribution of one million Disney cloth face masks will be provided to families in underserved communities and organizations working to limit the spread of COVID-19, while their monetary donation will be used to support the medical community’s ongoing efforts to provide lifesaving care to those who need it most.”

The masks match the FDA's latest recommendations on non-surgical, non-industrial grade face masks and can be ordered now for estimated shipping in June. They are available in small, medium and large sizes and include characters such as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Anna and Elsa, Woody and Buzz Lightyear, The Avengers and Baby Yoda. They retail for $19.99 for a pack of four. More information on the masks, including care instructions, is at shopDisney.com.

This is the latest effort by Disney to support organizations amid the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this month, Disney donated 100,000 N95 masks to New York, California and Florida. It also donated 150,000 rain ponchos to MedShare.

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