Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today via Twitter that Apple is making a “substantial donation” including medical supplies to Protezione Civile in Italy. The funds are intended to aid first help responders, medical personnel, and volunteers combat the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Apple has so far donated $15 million worldwide. The Cupertino firm is also matching all employee donations two-to-one to support COVID-19 response efforts locally, nationally, and internationally.
It’s never been more important to support each other. We’re making a substantial donation including medical supplies to Protezione Civile in Italy, to help the heroic first responders, medical personnel & volunteers working tirelessly to protect & save lives. Vicini all’🇮🇹 ❤️
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 19, 2020
Cook announced yesterday that Apple was supporting Silicon Valley Strong, a Bay Area initiative to aid those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The funds will help disadvantaged children, senior citizens, and folks struggling with food insecurity.
Silicon Valley is our home and we know the coming weeks will bring untold challenges for the many small businesses in our community. We are supporting #SiliconValleyStrong to help our neighbors get through these unprecedented times.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 18, 2020
Apple has shut down all of its stores outside of greater China. Apple has employees that are able to do so working from home and is continuing to pay employees that cannot work from home.