I’m not even a Patriots fan, but this is super cool.
On Friday, the Boston Globe reported that students and families from Parkland, Florida were flown to D.C. to take part in the March for our Lives on the official team plane of the New England Patriots.
Patriots team owner Robert Kraft sent the plane to Parkland on Thursday to take the kids and their families to the march which takes place on Saturday.
The Globe reports,
“Kraft decided to lend the plane to those affected by the shooting after former Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, reached out to him and asked for the favor.”
Gabby Giffords and her husband are two of the leading voices in the country for gun control. They founded Giffords, a group to prevent gun violence, after Gabby was nearly killed in a shooting in 2011.
Kelly told the Washington Post that the kids wanted to get to D.C., and they wanted to help them.
“Not only did their friends and teachers get shot and killed, other friends shot and injured . . . most of them, they had bullets flying over their heads,” Kelly told the Post. “This is not fair that they have to deal with something like this at their age.”
The New England Patriots’ team plane flew the students and their families to the capital on Thursday; and it will fly them home again after the march.
Some of the kids posted pictures on Twitter.
— Kali Clougherty #ShineMSD (@kali4change) March 23, 2018
Heading to D.C. & I’m so thankful to be here with so many amazing people. Thank you @Patriots for donating your plane to help us get to D.C.! And always so happy to have @isabelabarry by my side through everything I do✨💗 pic.twitter.com/o8I7EfzQED
— soy | #shineMSD (@SawyerRayne) March 22, 2018
Thank you so much @Patriots for your generosity! We are so grateful to have been lent your plane to fly up to Washington DC. See you at the march!!
— ShineMSD (@ShineMsd) March 22, 2018