On Friday, the New England Patriots used their team trucks to deliver 300,000 masks to New York City, in response to the Wuhan virus pandemic.
WELCOME TO NYC! The #Patriots truck is filled with 300K critical N95 masks for first responders — flown in from China in the team plane. It received an escort from @NYPDnews, @nyspolice & @MassStatePolice through streets of #NYC Friday. https://t.co/RfHz8FojAZ pic.twitter.com/03WGlPVkeh
— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) April 3, 2020
The truck sporting the Patriot’s team logo rolled up to New York’s Javits Convention Center to deliver its truckload of N95 respirator masks purchased from China by Robert Kraft, owner of the Patriots, according to the New York Post.
“We’re all in this together. Headed to New York with hope, love, and 300,000 masks for healthcare workers,” the Patriots said on its Instagram page as the masks were delivered.
On April 2, the Kraft family announced the expenditure of $2 million on 1.7 million masks that the family had flown from China to the U.S. on the Patriot’s jet.
The jet picked up its load at China’s Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport on Wednesday. It landed back in the U.S.A. on Thursday to begin the process of transporting the needed supplies to Massachusetts and New York.
“Seeing what’s going on and how things are so difficult, this is a gift of ours, these 300,000 masks and the transportation to the people of New York,” Kraft told New York’s NBC affiliate.
“We want to give hope and good cheer at this time, that we’ll all [be] banding together and trying to do what’s right,” the NFL owner concluded.
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