Xcel Energy donates an additional 192,000 surgical masks to frontline workers battling COVID-19
AMARILLO, Texas (April 9, 2020) – Xcel Energy is donating an additional 192,000 surgical masks, including over 4,000 N95 masks, in the eight states it serves, including Minnesota, Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and New Mexico. Earlier this week, Xcel Energy also announced plans to give more than $20 million in short- and long-term corporate giving, including COVID- 19 relief efforts.
The masks will go to healthcare workers and other first responders on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19. Last month the company donated an additional 130,000 surgical masks.
“We are all in this together and it’s important that we do what we can to support the healthcare workers and first responders who are on the frontlines of this pandemic,” said Ben Fowke, chairman and CEO of Xcel Energy. “We are equally committed to doing all we can to protect our employees who are doing essential work in our plants, transmission facilities and in the field.”
Xcel Energy stocks protective masks to keep employees safe when working on heavy construction, in dusty condition and during wildfires. During the pandemic the company is supplying employees with non- surgical masks and other face coverings to help protect them while doing critical work to keep electricity and natural gas flowing to our communities.
More than 46,000 masks, including 925 N95 masks, will be donated in Texas and New Mexico. Last week Xcel Energy donated an additional 30,000 masks to hospitals in Texas.
“These donations are going where they are needed most,” said David Hudson, president, Xcel Energy – New Mexico, Texas. “They will be divided up between our local hospitals in Texas and New Mexico where healthcare workers are doing the critical work to keep us all safe.”
The masks will be shipped and distributed later this week.
About Xcel Energy Xcel Energy (NASDAQ: XEL) provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices. For more information, visit xcelenergy.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.