In a time of extraordinary hardship, we are seeing some extraordinary acts of kindness. People all over the world are finding ways to encourage and support others.
A number of athletes have also stepped up to the cause, putting their resources to help people and bring the community together, One such athlete is former Knick Stephon Marbury, who donated ten million masks to New York health professionals.
Former Knicks star Stephon Marbury wants to deliver the Big Apple something it needs even more than an NBA title — 10 million N95 masks for hospital workers and other first responders handling the coronavirus pandemic.
Marbury, who played in the NBA 14 years before moving overseas to become a legend in the Chinese Basketball Association, told The Post he’s made arrangements with a mask supplier in China willing to sell New York 10 million masks “at cost” for $2.75 each – well below the roughly $7.50 that N95 retailers have been quoting the state.
He also noted his special connection to the city as motivation for the donation.
“At the end of the day, I am from Brooklyn,” Marbury said during a call from his Beijing home. “This is something that is close and dear to my heart as far as being able to help New York.”
“I have family there in Coney Island, a lot of family … who are affected by this, so I know how important it is for people to have masks during this time.”
It’s an awesome gesture by Marbury and a much-needed act of kindness for the city. New York is one of the hardest-hit places in the world right now, with thousands of reported cases.
Hospitals are overcrowded and medical professionals are provided little protection from getting infected with the disease themselves. These guys are risking their own health to serve their community — the least we can do is give something back to them.