James White 'extremely proud' to be part of Patriots organization following team plane getting medical supplies in China


On Thursday morning, it was learned the Patriots' team plane is being used to ship 1.2 million N95 masks from Shenzhen, China, to the United States.

Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker got in touch with Jonathan Kraft to help get the mission started.

Speaking via Zoom Thursday, running back James White relayed how proud he is to be a member of the organization during this time.

"I’m extremely proud," he said. "He does stuff like that all the time. It starts from the top, as soon as you step in the building you see how much community work the Kraft family does and it’s very infectious. Each and every person who steps in the building tries to do as much as they can to help others out. It’s really cool to see and I hope all of us can do whatever we can to help others in this trying time."

White added: "It’s awesome. That’s huge at this point in time. You have doctors, nurses, all those people on the front lines taking care of sick people each and every day. It’s a crazy situation right now. People that have the influence to help others, I think it’s an important time for us to try to help as many people as possible, especially those who are sick, there’s some people getting laid off, don’t know when a check is coming or if they’re getting a check, or when their next meal is coming. It’s a difficult time, I know some of us, we’re able to spend time with our family and things are okay, we’re able to get groceries, but there’s some people who aren’t able to get groceries and don’t know when that next meal is coming. It’s difficult for a lot of people."

The 28-year-old has been with the Patriots since 2014, so he's seen first-hand how charitable the organization is from the top down.

"As soon as you step into the building, you see how much the Kraft family does helping out not only the Boston community but the community across the world and it makes you want to help others," he said. "Guys like Devin McCourty, Matt Slater, all those guys, they’re constantly doing as much as they can to help people who are less fortunate than us and are in tougher situations. For younger guys like myself and rookies and things of that nature, everybody is doing what they can to do their part."

No days off. Thanks to some serious teamwork, Massachusetts is set to receive over 1 million N95 masks for our front-line workers. Huge thanks to the Krafts and several dedicated partners for making this happen. pic.twitter.com/ieV6XMC5Ow

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) April 2, 2020