Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem are doing their bit to help medical staff working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in their home country of Spain.
The superstar couple, together with legendary Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar and Spanish musician Alejandro Sanz have sourced and donated 152,000 surgical masks and gloves to the Gregorio Marañon Hospital in Madrid this week as well as non-profit organisation Open Arms in Barcelona who will distribute the medical supplies to nursing homes throughout Cataluña.
“The medical supplies we have been trying to source for weeks are arriving in stages and with delays,” the actress writes in an Insta post.
“The demand for these supplies is overwhelming and the delays are long. But today another shipment of these supplies has arrived!”
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The medical supplies we have been trying to source for weeks are arriving in stages and with delays. The demand for these supplies is overwhelming and the delays are long. But today, another shipment of these supplies has arrived! @alejandrosanz and Pedro Almodóvar have joined Javier and I in making this donation. Together we have managed to obtain 152.000 surgical masks and FFP2 which have been delivered today to the Gregorio Marañon Hospital in Madrid and to the Non profit organization, Open Arms in Barcelona. This organization will distribute the medical supplies to Senior citizens’ Residences and Nursing homes throughout Cataluña, providing support to our extraordinary medical personnel and carers. Our gratitude goes out to MAPE for their help in processing the orders. This is the time to continue working together and supporting unconditionally the ones who need it the most amongst us and the amazing teams of exceptional human beings that care for them and look after all of us all during our confinement. Thank you!! 🙏❤️ We send our condolences and love to all the people who have lost a loved one in this dramatic situation. #hospitalgregoriomarañon @proactivaopenarms @alejandrosanz #pedroalmodóvar
“This is the time to continue working together and supporting unconditionally the ones who need it the most amongst us,” Cruz continues “and the the amazing teams of exceptional human beings that care for them and look after all of us during our confinement.”
Last month Cruz and Bardem managed to track down 100,000 gloves and 20,000 surgical masks which were donated to La Paz hospital in Madrid.
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After days of searching for a way to locate medical supplies that are urgently needed in these difficult times so that we could buy them and donate them to hospitals, Javier and I finally found a source. Thanks to the logistic help of Indetex, we have been able to buy 100.000 Nitrilo gloves and 20.000 surgical FFP2 masks ,which arrived today in La Paz hospital In Madrid. Even with the enormous difficulties that obtaining these essential sanitary materials and getting them to their destination present, we are hoping to be able to donate more supplies, so essential in these critical times, in the coming days. Our gratitude goes out to all the anonymous heroes and heroines who risk their own health to help cure and maintain the health of us all. Thank you!!! 🙏❤️
They’re one of many Hollywood couples who are stepping up to help hospital staff including Amal and George Clooney who’ve donated $1 million to COVID-19 relief and Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis who’ve created an Official Quarantine Wine with proceeds going to support medical workers and struggling families.