On April 29th, Blue Beat Digital, a Tustin-based mobile phone company, surprised Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach and the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach with a bulk mask donation.
This isn’t the first time the company has delivered personal protective equipment to local hospitals. As part of Blue Beat Digital’s Million Mask Challenge, the company has been donating necessary supplies to medical facilities in Orange County that are experiencing extreme PPE shortages. The ambitious goal of their campaign, as the name suggests, is to ultimately donate a million masks to medical facilities in the region.
According to Jonathan Berger, CEO of Blue Beat Digital, the company is currently holding 2 million face masks in their Tustin warehouse. Approximately 6 million more face masks are expected to arrive in the coming weeks, and with such a cluttered inventory, the company is eager to ship out orders and donations.
“When the stay-at-home order broke, we realized the severity of the problem,” says Jonathan Berger. “It was necessary to snap into action. We are a mobile phone company, but for the moment, we’re prioritizing the acquisition of face masks and gloves to get them directly into the hands of the essential workers that need them.”
In addition to Blue Beat Digital’s online store, the company now has an Express Station at their Tustin office wherein customers can pick up orders or browse for stock in person. Visitors who want to peruse the store will be offered a complimentary face mask and a pair of gloves upon entrance, but the store also operates as a hands-free drive-thru for customers who want to adhere to strict social distancing measures. The store is now open Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 AM to 5PM.
Blue Beat Digital officially kicked off the campaign last week with deliveries to the MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center and the Graceland Hospice in Orange County, and the company hopes to gain momentum by offering an assortment of donation packages through the pledge page on its website.
“If we can get other companies— even individuals— to help, then we’ll get a million masks out in no time.”