(WXYZ) — A big name Hollywood celebrity is making it easier for COVID-19 patients to stay in contact with their loved ones.
A-list actor Mark Wahlberg is teaming up with Feldman Automotive to donate hundreds of tablets to Beaumont Health System so patients can stay in communication with family while battling COVID-19.
“It’s just a natural thing to be able to give, if we’re in a position to, but to really give thanks to all the brave men and women who are working there,” he says.
Wahlberg is no stranger to the city of Detroit and his love for the city.
“I’ve had some of the most moving and inspiring experiences of my adult life, especially as a parent and a husband, meeting some amazing families there, meeting amazing men and women who have dedicated their lives to helping people,” he says.
That’s why the Wahlberg Youth Foundation teamed up with Feldman Automotive to donate 1,100 tablets to Beaumont Health System.
“I said, well, okay no problem, I’m happy to help and It’s right in our backyard and we’re happy to help and anything Mark does I’m happy to get involved,” says Jay Feldman.
Feldman says it was important to connect families.
“I just seen everybody on TV talking about how their loved ones are in the hospital and they can’t be with them and you know when you’re in the hospital, you’re in the emergency room, you want to be surrounded by somebody, you want your family to be with you,” he says. “The last thing you want is to be alone.
Wahlberg says this donation is a way to give back to the workers he’s gotten to know during his previous visits to the hospital.
“Once they say we can come there, I’m going to come there and give you guys a big hug and thank you in person,” he says.
Wahlberg and Feldman say they’re both so grateful for all the hard work the men and women are doing on the front lines.
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