Mark Wahlberg donates 1.3 million face masks to students, teachers in San Antonio and other US cities

“Every day brings a new challenge but we continue to pray for you and your families.”

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SAN ANTONIO – Actor Mark Wahlberg is aiding students and teachers across the nation in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, including those in San Antonio.

Wahlberg’s activewear brand Performance Inspired recently partnered with the active lifestyle brand LifeToGo to donate 1.3 million disposable face masks to teachers and students across the nation, as announced in a press release.

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Some areas have already received the donated 3-ply masks, including some students and teachers in San Antonio, the release said.

Other places where donated masks have been received include Bentonville (AR), Boise (ID), Chicago (Ill.), Cincinnati (Ohio), Grand Rapids (MI), Lakeland (FL), Minneapolis (MN), Portland (OR), Quincy (MA), Rochester (NY), Salisbury (NC), and Woonsocket (RI).

Wahlberg posted a video message on social media thanking essential workers and teachers as they combat the pandemic.

“This has been a year of change and stress for everybody. But today, I want to thank our essential workers. You guys have kept us healthy, safe and supplied us with all of the necessities,” Wahlberg said in the video. “To show our support and my gratitude, my company Performance Inspired Nutrition has partnered up with Accelerate 360 and LifeToGo to donate 1.3 million disposable masks for schools across our great country.”

“Every day brings a new challenge but we continue to pray for you and your families. And, please know your efforts are much appreciated," Wahlberg added.

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Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.