Joe Alonso, the head stonemason at Washington’s National Cathedral, who knows the church better than anyone, discovered 5,000 N95 masks stashed away in the church’s crypt.
Alonso made this discovery after reading news about the coronavirus pandemic and remembering that there was something stashed away in the church’s crypt level that could help fight the virus: 5,000 N95 masks purchased more than ten years ago after a health scare.
“In these difficult and trying times, the Cathedral community is doing everything we can to help protect the most vulnerable among us from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic,” the Very Rev.
The cathedral said 2,000 of those masks were donated to Children’s National Hospital, and 3,000 were donated to Georgetown University Hospital.
The cathedral purchased the masks in 2006 when concerns about the bird flu or H5N1 were on the world’s mind.