Mary Kay Commits Millions to Global COVID-19 Support

By Beauty Packaging Staff | 04.30.20

Contributes monetary donations, product donations and distribution support around the world.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Mary Kay Inc. has contributed nearly $10 million in monetary donations, product donations, and distribution support in the countries where it operates and communities in critical need around the world.
Mary Kay Inc., its subsidiaries around the world and its four company-sponsored foundations in Canada, Brazil, China and the United States, have taken the following actions targeted at supporting global and national relief efforts:
Supporting the Front Lines
Mary Kay has refocused its manufacturing efforts on the production and donation of essential items only, including personal care and hygiene products, as well as hand sanitizer that was donated to nearly 20 healthcare systems, 1,000 hospitals and 1.5 million combined frontline responders, physicians and staff around the world.
“Though we are facing extraordinary challenges during the COVID-19 global pandemic, the world is finding ways to adjust—with little or no warning,” said David Holl, chairman and CEO at Mary Kay Inc. “Producing hand sanitizer to combat this crisis is how we can support those on the front lines.”
One organization that Mary Kay supports is CARE, an international humanitarian agency, that is offering critically needed COVID-19 response efforts in 63 developing countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East regions combating the crisis with scarce resources.
In addition to the its donations around the world, the company is offering local support in areas surrounding its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Texas.
Domestic Violence Prevention
The Mary Kay Foundation has announced the opening of COVID-19 grant relief applications, offering unrestricted monetary grants for domestic violence shelters in need. Three local domestic violence shelters in or around Dallas received $25,000 each to support their emergency shelter services and impact programs. The Foundation also donated $75,000 to Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support and its Conference on Crimes Against Women efforts (CCAW) in collaboration with the Dallas Police Department, supporting the mission of ending all violence against women.
Additionally, the foundation’s independent Mary Kay national sales directors and independent Mary Kay national sales directors emeriti have donated hand sanitizer to nearly 500 domestic violence shelters across the US to ensure a healthy and safe environment for women and children seeking refuge from shelter-in-place orders that trap them in abusive situations. The nearly 500 domestic violence shelters support over 1.5 million women and children annually in the US.
Other Efforts
The Mary Kay China Charity Fund has donated to the Amity Foundation—an independent Chinese social organization dedicated to public health, social welfare, disaster relief and other philanthropic undertakings—and made early contributions to COVID-19 relief efforts in Wuhan, China. Mary Kay China also donated nutrition, skincare and hand care products to frontline female health workers and volunteers.
Mary Kay Brazil and Instituto Mary Kay have donated to the Fiocruz – Oswaldo Cruz Foundation to help produce 5,000 modern COVID-19 tests for public hospitals; donated to São Paulo State Fund to support efforts to purchase ventilators; and donated to the State Health Department to support special protection aprons for ICU workers in public hospitals.
Mary Kay Mexico will donate hand sanitizer units to support lower economic communities: Bancos de Alimentos de Mexico (Mexico’s Foodbank Network), Unidas Contigo Monterrey (breast cancer awareness) and Fondo Semillas Mexico (domestic violence prevention).
Mary Kay Russia has donated hygiene products to the frontline workers at The N.V. Sklifosovsky Scientific Research Institute of First Aid and the A.S.Puchkov ER of the Moscow Health Department.
“The wide-ranging impact of this pandemic on our economies, populace and the world at large may not be truly known for some time,” added Holl. “It’s our responsibility to help those affected by this virus—either directly, like our frontline workers, or indirectly, like women and children impacted by the alarming uptick in domestic violence cases.”
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