Actor Mark Wahlberg has taken a big step to aide students and teachers across the United States in the fight against the COVID pandemic.
Wahlberg’s company, Performance Inspired, recently partnered with active lifestyle company LifeToGo, announcing that they were donating 1.3 million disposable masks to teachers and students across the country.
Wahlberg posted a video on his social media which thanked essential workers and teachers for everything that they do for the country, especially during a 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. 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 said in the video.
Cities which have already received the donated masks include Bentonville, Arkansas; Boise; Chicago; Cincinnati; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Minneapolis; Portland, Oregon; Quincy, Massachusetts; Rochester, New York; Salisbury, North Carolina; San Antonio; and Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
Wahlberg’s ‘Political’ Outburst
Wahlberg has so far managed to stay out of politics throughout Trump‘s time as president. In late 2016, Wahlberg spoke out against Hollywood’s incessant need to tell the American people how and what to think about politics.
At a press event for his 2016 film Patriots Day, which tells the story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the actor was asked about the seemingly endless number of Hollywood elites who bashed President Trump prior to the election.
“A lot of celebrities did, do, and shouldn’t [talk about politics], Wahlberg told Task & Purpose, a news and analysis website for American service veterans.
“You know, it just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that anyway. They might buy your CD or watch your movie, but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills,” the actor continued.
“A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble… They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family. Me, I’m very aware of the real world. I come from the real world and I exist in the real world. And although I can navigate Hollywood and I love the business and the opportunities it’s afforded me, I also understand what it’s like not to have all that,” Wahlberg added.
Despite being an actor, and having been in Hollywood since at least the 1990’s, Wahlberg seems to understand the American people a lot better than most of his colleagues. Whether it involves telling Hollywood to keep their opinions to themselves, or donating masks to schools, Wahlberg seems to be a good example of how famous people should behave.