Two million surgical masks have been airlifted by Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson’s private 767 jet from China to New York and Las Vegas as a donation to help fight the Corona virus on the front lines.
After flying to Guangzhou, China, 500 boxes containing one million masks were offloaded in Albany, New York on April 9, before the aircraft flew on to Las Vegas with the remaining million masks. Those earmarked for New York were sent to a state collection center that will distribute to front-line workers, and Nevada masks are also being distributed through a state-run entity responsible for the distribution of incoming donations, along with supplies provided directly by the state and federal government.
“This pandemic has called on each of us to use every ability we have to help those most impacted by the crisis,” said Adelson. “Getting personal protection equipment to our health-care professionals and first responders in Nevada and New York, the epicentre of this crisis, is critical to keeping those brave folks safe, while making sure they can do their jobs to aid our most vulnerable citizens. I am grateful we can leverage our resources to get these donations to the front lines, and we send them with the best wishes of our company and team members.”
In total, Sands has donated more than 2.5 million pieces of personal protection equipment to Nevada, New York, California and Massachusetts. The company also donated 1,900 coronavirus test kits and is in the process of donating 20,000 protective suits to the state of Nevada.
The company has also has made financial contributions to several hunger-relief organisations and donated 60 pallets of food and more than 55,000 bottles of water to local organisations. The company says it is currently paying each of its nearly 10,000 Las Vegas Team Members, along with providing full health-care benefits, while its properties remain closed.
Sands properties include The Venetian Resort and Sands Expo in Las Vegas, and the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Through majority ownership in Sands China Ltd., we have developed the largest portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including The Venetian Macao, The Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Sands Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao, as well as the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.