by Conscious Reminder
On Monday, Nike announced that it will donate 30,000 pairs of shoes to healthcare workers engaged in tackling the ongoing pandemic across America.
The company claims that they designed the shoe especially to meet the needs of a healthcare worker. As first of its kind coming from the sportswear giant, it is called Air Zoom Pulse. The shoe was first launched late last year.
Nike has collaborated with an NGO, Good360, to distribute the donated products to first responders in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and also within the Veterans Health Administration. Good360 specializes in the efficient distribution of donated products.
According to Nike, their research experts visited OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Oregon to understand the profession of the healthcare workers and their specific needs.
Air Zoom Plus comes with comfort for the healthcare worker’s long shifts and is built to resist the liquid spills that might inevitably happen in a medical facility.
Nike also pledged 95,000 pairs of socks that are built to provide slight compression to the first responders in Los Angeles and New York City.
A Nike spokesperson stated in a press release that the company understands the athletic abilities required by a healthcare worker, and this move was an effort from the company’s side to thank the medical professionals.
Later in the day, Mayor Bill de Blasio came forward and applauded Nike’s initiative.
The company also announced 2,500 pairs of Air Zoom Plus to medical professionals in European hospitals based in Barcelona, London, Paris, Milan, and others.
In recognition of frontline healthcare workers around the world, Nike will donate the Air Zoom Pulse and other product to healthcare athletes.
— Nike (@Nike) May 4, 2020
According to data released by John Hopkins University, the total number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is over 3.5 million, with around 251,000 fatalities.
Nike’s announcement came as concerns over the lack of protective gear and adequate medical kits rose higher than ever. Many healthcare professionals have been continuously risking their lives in order to save the affected patients.
Some units of the company have also been reportedly working in creating and donating air-purifying respirators (PAPR) and shields that protect the entire face.
As of now, Nike and the Nike Foundation have committed 25 million dollars in the fight against the global pandemic.
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