Apple has sent care packages to its employees that are stranded in China due to the coronavirus outbreak. The package – in addition to the usual things you find in a care package, like food, snacks, and candy – also includes a 10.2-inch iPad.
A letter included inside the care packages explains the care kit is designed to include “comfort items.” The letter says the iPad can be used for children’s online learning, or simply to “pass the time.”
Dear Colleagues in Hubei and Wenzhou:
We hope this note finds you healthy and well.
Since the last communication with you, we understand that you are all staying strong in this challenging time. We understand the difficulties you are facing and would like to provide our best support to you and your families.
We are sending our best wishes to you on behalf of the entire Apple Team, together, with another CareKit for you and your families. In the kit, you will find comfort items and an iPad which can be used to facilitate children’s online learning or help pass the time during your prolonged stay away from your home.
The letter also informs recipients about Apple’s Employee Assistance Program, which it is providing to these employees in partnerships with ComPsych. The program is designed to offer employees and their families “A series of counseling and consultation services have been prepared especially for you to help you through this time,” Apple says.
Apple has restricted travel to and from China due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said he believes the situation is “under control” in China and is improving.