Patriots deliver 84,000 meals to Chelsea residents amidst pandemic

The New England Patriots sent a truck with 1,000 food packages — about 84,000 meals — to Chelsea, Massachusetts residents on Saturday morning.

It’s up to those with the resources and the means to help those without … especially during times of crisis.

Say what you will about the New England Patriots and their owner Robert Kraft, but the team is committed to being a force for good in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Back in early April, Kraft sent the Patriots’ private jet to pick up 1.2 million face masks from China. The masks were then delivered to a stockpile in Massachusetts for the National Guard to distribute as needed.

Kraft himself then purchased an additional 300,000 masks for the makeshift hospital at the Javits Center in New York City, prompting New York publications to say something “they thought they’d never say” in publicly thanking the Patriots, who have long been bitter rivals with the New York Jets (and to a lesser extent, the New York Giants).

Kraft and the Patriots organization recently upped the ante by deciding to allow any season ticket holders with pre-existing health conditions that didn’t feel comfortable with the idea of going to New England home games this year to freeze their memberships without penalty.

Those season ticket holders will not lose their seats in 2021 or beyond, but they’ll also not be on the hook for their seats financially in 2020 if they don’t want to attend games because of the pandemic.

It’s the right move to do — and hopefully other sports organizations around the NFL and other professional leagues follow suit.

On Saturday morning, the Kraft family and the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation sent a truck with 1,000 food packages — or about 84,000 individual meals — to the Massachusetts community of Chelsea, per WCVB.

According to WCVB and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Chelsea currently has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases in the state “with roughly 5,958 cases per 100,000 people.”

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The COVID-19 pandemic has already infected nearly 4 million people worldwide — and the United States alone has reported over 1.3 million cases. To date, there have been over 275,000 deaths from the virus, nearly 80,000 of which have been in the U.S.


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