Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots are actively trying to help the community amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Kraft recently sent New England's team plane to China to bring 1.2 million N95 protective masks back to Massachusetts, and the decision was an easy one for the Patriots owner.
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"We want to give hope here at this time that we're all banding together and trying to do what's right and put anyone's selfish interests to the side and come together to help one another," Kraft said on NBC 10 Boston Thursday evening.
Robert Kraft on his decision to send a plane to China to bring masks back to Massachusetts and the US. #Patriots #CoronavirusPandemic @RaulNBCBoston @NBC10Boston @Gary_Tanguay @ShanNBCBoston pic.twitter.com/7N23zsZA2J— Craig Kolodny (@NBCBostonCraig) April 2, 2020
"Air Kraft" departed Shenzen, China early Wednesday morning and arrived back to Boston around 6 p.m. Thursday evening with the masks. Mass. Governor Charlie Baker showed his gratitude for the Kraft family and their unconditional support during this difficult time.
"Honestly, we can't thank you, your dad and your family enough for answering the call and helping make this happen," Baker said on NBC 10 Thursday, "And for the many, many dedicated frontline workers across this state who are battling COVID-19 on behalf of the people in Massachusetts every single day, this gear will make an enormous difference."
An emotional moment from @MassGovernor as he thanks the @Patriots family.— Raul Martinez (@RaulNBCBoston) April 2, 2020
"Jonathan .... honestly we can't thank you and your dad and your family enough for answering the call and helping make this happen." pic.twitter.com/XS10YOCUpA
Kraft's generosity will help many frontline medical workers across the state remain safe as hospitals see a rise in cases every day.
As of Wednesday, Massachusetts had 7,738 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the CDC. Those numbers are only expected to grow as COVID-19 sweeps the nation.