BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots and the Revolution are helping MBTA riders stay safe this winter.

The New England Patriots, New England Revolution and Patriot Place recently donated 2,500 face masks and 5,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to distribute to MBTA riders, the MBTA announced Wednesday. The donation is in support of the T’s Ride Safer campaign.

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The campaign consists of three components: providing face coverings to riders in need at key stations during peak travel times; signage and messaging to promote the importance of keeping a safe distance and wearing face coverings while on the T; and the Ride Safer webpage at that provides travel tips and a behind-the-scenes look at the MBTA’s expanded efforts to clean and disinfect stations and vehicles.

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“The health and safety of our riders and employees continue to be our top priorities during these challenging times,” MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said in a release. “The MBTA greatly appreciates this contribution from the Patriots, Revolution and Patriot Place as we strive to provide safe, essential transit services to those who rely on buses and trains.”

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Pat Patriot poses with masks and hand sanitizer that the Patriots, the Revolution and Patriot Place are donating to the MBTA. (Photo from Kraft Sports & Entertainment)

“We are proud to support the MBTA’s Ride Safer program to help meet the ongoing needs for masks and hand sanitizer in our surrounding communities,” said Brian Earley, Vice President and General Manager of Patriot Place. “We are thankful to continue our strong partnership with the MBTA by teaming up on this great initiative to keep members of our communities safe and healthy.”