Redskins send Pierre Garcon, Ricky Jean Francois to Haiti for relief effort
We give Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder plenty of grief around these parts, but that doesn’t mean we can’t acknowledge when the billionaire is using his considerable influence for good.
After sending a plane full of food, water and other supplies to the Bahamas on Saturday in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Snyder plans to continue his relief efforts in Haiti on Monday, flying Redskins players Pierre Garcon and Ricky Jean Francois to their ancestral country with medical supplies.
Mr. Dan Snyder and the @redskins training staff providing Haiti with much needed medical supplies that we will hand deliver today in Haiti to @medishare4haiti (Me and Ricky Jean Francois) #PrayForHaiti #HTTR (repost to spread the word Haiti needs it)
A video posted by Pierre Garcon (@pierregarcon) on Oct 10, 2016 at 6:09am PDT
Next stop Haiti… ???? pic.twitter.com/sBHxJXn4Uh
— Ricky Jean Francois (@Freakyjean99) October 10, 2016
“We are grateful to our partners, the Washington Redskins, who wasted no time in offering assistance to The Islands of The Bahamas,” Bahamas Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe said in a statement on Saturday, via The Washington Post. “This organization led by example mobilizing immediately to bring relief to our people who are in need. We know that there are many Bahamians who will benefit from these donations. We want to thank the Redskins, especially owners Daniel and Tanya Snyder, who are no strangers to our beautiful country. It is our hope that other organizations will follow the example set by the Redskins. I think it is safe to say that the Redskins organization has gained even more Bahamian fans this football season.”
In Haiti, the death toll from Hurricane Matthew has risen to roughly 1,000, according to Reuters, and the United Nations indicated another 1.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Both Garcon, who led the Redskins with 56 receiving yards and scored the team’s lone touchdown in a 16-10 win on Sunday, and Jean Francois pledged their support for Haiti on social media last week.
A photo posted by Pierre Garcon (@pierregarcon) on Oct 3, 2016 at 7:02pm PDT
— Ricky Jean Francois (@Freakyjean99) October 7, 2016
President Barack Obama urged citizens “to go to the American Red Cross and other philanthropic agencies” to offer aid for those impacted by the hurricane, and the Center for International Disaster Information provided a list of vetted charitable organizations providing relief effort in Haiti.