A Kansas Farmer in His 70s Sent a Moving Letter and Mask to New York

In Friday's press conference, Gov. Cuomo read a letter from a Kansas farmer who found a small way to help.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's daily coronavirus press briefings have become a must-watch ritual for many citizens nationwide looking for both the truth and a little bit of hope. In his briefing on Friday, Apr. 24, Cuomo gave viewers just that when he shared a remarkably moving letter he received from a retired farmer in Kansas in his 70s who wanted to make sure a N95 mask he never used made it to someone on the frontlines in the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. As Cuomo said, the gesture perfectly illustrates the best of the American spirit during these very trying times.

Cuomo set up the letter by noting that "the best and worst of humanity [is] coming up to the surface" these days. "The beauty you see and the strength that you see compensates and balances for the weakness," he said before reading the letter, which he felt "just sums it up."

Despite the fact that the 70-something farmer and his wife (a diabetic with one lung) are particularly susceptible to the coronavirus, he wanted to make sure that a health care worker in New York could use one of the five masks he found from his farming days.

Here's the farmer's letter to Cuomo in full.

Dear Mr. Cuomo.

I seriously doubt that you will ever read this letter as I know that you are busy beyond belief with the disaster that has befallen our country. We are a nation in crisis, of that there is no doubt.

I'm a retired farmer hunkered down in northeast Kansas with my wife who has but one lung and occasional problems with remaining lung. She also has diabetes. We are in our 70s now. Frankly, I am afraid for her.

Enclosed find a solitary N95 mask leftover from my farming days. It has never been used. If you could, would you please pass it to a nurse or doctor in your state. I have kept four masks for my immediate family.

Please keep on doing what you do so well, which is to lead.


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"You want to talk about a snapshot of humanity—how beautiful is that?" Cuomo asked rhetorically after reading the letter. "I mean, how selfless is that, and how giving is that?"

"It is that love and courage and generosity of spirit that makes this country so beautiful. And it makes Americans so beautiful," Cuomo continued. "That generosity of the spirit, for me, makes up for all of the ugliness that you can see. Take one mask, and I will keep four. God bless America."

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