By CBSLA Staff

LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — California State University announced Monday 50,000 face masks have been donated from Magic Ice Cube and Imagen/SanGuard.

The masks will be distributed to the CSU’s 21 campuses that have been designated as Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI).

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“Protecting the health and safety of our students and employees, while ensuring that students maintain progress toward degree completion have been our two university-wide priorities throughout the pandemic, and this gift will allow us to continue to accomplish both,” CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White said in a statement.

As the COVID-19 virus began to spread in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom asked the state’s business community for help, requesting any company that could produce or secure PPE equipment to come forward.

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According to the CSU, the allotment of 50,000 face masks was made possible by Virginia Madueno, an employee of Imagen/SanGuard who is a Cal State Stanislaus alumni, and Magic Ice Cube founder Rudy Rong.

“Magic Ice Cube Founder Rudy Rong and I are both immigrants, and we had the opportunity to earn a quality education in California, and thus know how important higher education is, and the value of continued learning given this unusual time with COVID-19,” Madueno said.

“Our goal is to help provide yet another level of protection for some of the hardest-hit communities throughout California, served by the California State University and those campuses designated as HSIs.”

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