Bethenny Frankel & Boyfriend Paul Bernon Paid For 10,000 Face Masks To Stop Coronavirus Spread; Didn’t Want People To Die If They Waited For Donations

Whether you loved her or hated her during her time on Real Housewives of New York, I think we can all agree that Bethenny Frankel is one of the most generous housewives out there. Ever since the start of her charity organization the BStrong Foundation, she has worked tirelessly to help those affected by a crisis. Her list of ongoing missions to help is vast and impressive. BStrong provided crisis relief for Hurricane Irma and Maria, along with the Amazonian, Australian and California fires. The coronavirus outbreak will be no exception.

Thanks to Bethenny, people are already getting what they need most on the ground. This is especially helpful for those who don’t have the items that they desperately need to stay safe against the fast-moving virus.

Bethenny spoke exclusively with Entertainment Tonight about what those efforts look like. She tells them, “I’m putting my money where my mouth is because my money’s already going to the masks and the hand sanitizer right now,” she says. “That’s where [I’m at], I’ve got to write these checks because, as the former director of FEMA said, we can’t wait to get the money. We have to pay for these things and figure it out later. So, I’m paying for these things and figuring it out later.”

Due to lack of sanitation products in the US today, BStrong is working with the Global Empowerment Mission to create and disperse corona kits. Those kits will include a tote bag with sanitation wipes, gloves, SOS Hydration and the medical community’s recommendations.


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In addition, Bethenny’s foundation is donating over 10,000 face masks to help with relief efforts, according to People. These masks are the much sought after N95, which are the medically-approved masks to help stop the spread. They will be sent to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Bethenny explains how BStrong obtained such a large number of masks. She says, “We have relationships in every supply chain for a disaster. So, we have multiple suppliers making hand sanitizer gel and masks for us as we speak. We used masks for the Guatemala volcano eruption and we have a warehouse in Miami where we house our aid and supplies.”


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“We have 100,000 masks being distributed to hospitals in crisis next week in addition to our corona kits, hydration, immune building and sanitization kits,” she shares. As of Friday, there have been 15,650 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 202 deaths in the United States, according to a New York Times database.

Bethenny has a home in Boston with boyfriend, Paul Bernon and says the pair both “wired the money for the first orders because this isn’t something that we can wait for donations for. Donations will come, but without the masks, more people will die.” She says, “This is the biggest crisis now in my opinion.”


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Reality Tea recommends that all readers comply with CDC guidelines and remain as isolated as possible during this urgent time. Visit the Centers for Disease Control at or the World Health Organization at for the latest information on the coronavirus and learn what you can do to stop the spread. 


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