Capitals: Garnet Hathaway surprises young fan

Many Washington Capitals players stepped up to give back to the community during the novel coronavirus pandemic including Garnet Hathaway. Even fans have gotten in on the act as well.

Meet sixth grader Alex Henderson, who helped provide masks to first responders. It was a deed so good that it was recognized by the Washington Capitals and Garnet Hathaway himself.

The 12 year old came up with the idea once the novel coronavirus began to spread. With the help of his mom sewing, Henderson traced and cut the pattern of the mask. Some of the patterns are colorful while others have the Caps logo on it.

First the two made 50 masks but as demand rose it grew to over 1,000. Henderson is a big Caps fan and the team took notice by setting up a video call with radio voice John Walton. But that wasn’t all.

Garnet Hathaway made an appearance to surprise Henderson which made the young fan speechless. Hathaway invited Henderson to attend a future Caps game as a reward for all his efforts.

While we don’t know when hockey will be back and it may be a while before fans are allowed in the buildings, Henderson has done his part and deserves all the recognition he gets.

Henderson is from North Potomac, Maryland and his vision came alive during spring break in March when he heard about the need for masks. It all started in his mom’s sewing room and with the positive feedback from the local nurses, it helped them make more masks. They made masks in about 20 different fabric patterns.

Hathaway knows a thing or two about giving back to first responders through his “Hath’s Heroes” program which stepped up even more during the pandemic. He must be thrilled seeing a young kid go above and beyond to help out first responders.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.

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