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New England Patriots Plane Delivers 1.2 Million N95 Face Masks

The Super Bowl champs show they're still practicing great teamwork, even off the field.

Although most major sports leagues have taken a hiatus because of the coronavirus crisis, some teams are using their time off to deliver big wins to their communities.

The NFL's New England Patriots used the team's Boeing 757 to pick up over a million N95 masks from China to help medical workers in their home state's most hard-hit areas.

Robert Kraft, the team's owner, told CNN on Thursday night that getting the supplies from China to the states was "probably the most challenging operation our organization and team ever had to do."

"There was a lot of red tape, but a lot of people cooperated," Kraft said. "We had three governors. We had a counsel from China, our crew who flew probably more hours than they should have, but they knew how important it was."

Airport workers in China help load boxes of N95 masks for Massachusetts healthcare workers. @MassGovernor

The masks were received at Boston's Logan International Airport, where they were loaded on to luggage trolleys and brought to the airport's Delta hangar where they were picked up by the National Guard.

"I'll just tell you the response we've gotten from America when our plane came back, people are looking for good things," Kraft continued. "This is the greatest country in the world. It's time for us to rally together and solve these kinds of issues."

At the time of this article, there have been 13,000 cases of Covid-19 logged in Massachusetts and 260 deaths.

Healthcare workers at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA show their gratitude for their new supply of masks. @WCVB

Along with the 1.2 million masks that were brought in by the Patriots plane on Thursday morning, Kraft purchased an additional 300,000 masks to be delivered to New York state the next day, where hospitals are facing a dangerous shortage of medical supplies.

Massachusetts' governor Charlie Baker was at the airport when the delivery showed up, and he shared his gratitude for the state's football team in a tweet.

What an amazing effort to get front-line workers the equipment they need to stay safe. We hope to see more stories of organizations collaborating to #DoSomethingGood for their communities during the crisis.

How can you start something good?

You might not be able to charter a jet to pick up mass amounts of medical supplies, but you can contribute in smaller ways.

A lot of people are making masks, both for themselves and to donate to healthcare workers. Here's a step-by-step video tutorial on how to make them. You can even make a mask without having to sew anything.

If you're looking for a place to donate masks, you can check out Masks For Heroes for information on where to send them.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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