Nintendo of America have donated 9,500 face masks to emergency service personnel in the United States to help them stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nintendo's headquarters in the country are near North Bend, Washington, one of the states hardest hit by the spread of the virus which causes a respiratory illness called COVID-19.
In order to help emergency service staff who are having to continue to work on the frontlines against the pandemic, Nintendo donated thousands of N95 particulate respirator masks, which have been sold out at wholesalers ever since the CDC recommended them as a more effective form of personal protective equipment in February.
The masks were handed over to Eastside Fire and Rescue by Nintendo representative Jerry Danson, who claimed they had originally been purchased for emergency preparedness planning at the company, but in light of the COVID-19 crisis they realized they would be better used elsewhere.
In a statement issued by the City of North Bend, authorities said the masks would be distributed to first responders and health care providers who need them most. "This crisis is unprecedented," the statement reads. "The safety and security of community members is paramount in our daily mission. The communities served by City of North Bend and Eastside Fire & Rescue deeply appreciate the generous donation from Nintendo."