WASHINGTON — Victory Monday and the Washington Redskins’ charitable efforts reach a unique intersection this week, as owner Daniel Snyder packed supplies and a few players into a plane bound for hurricane-ravaged Haiti:
Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, was battered by Hurricane Matthew earlier this weekend. BBC News reported Sunday afternoon that at least 900 people are confirmed killed by the storm, which caused 90 to 100 percent destruction in the southern part of the island nation.
Pierre Garcon and Ricky Jean Francois are both children of Haitian immigrants and have done charitable work on behalf of Haiti before. Garcon, then with the Indianapolis Colts, made international headlines using his Super Bowl platform to bring attention to Haiti after the 2010 mudslides.
With practice not beginning until Wednesday, the players will have time to deliver the goods and still put in a full week of preparation for the Philadelphia Eagles.
This Redskins humanitarian mission follows up a delivery to the Bahamas, made earlier this weekend, following the destruction of the storm. The mission was reported on by NFL insider Mike Garafalo and shown as part of Sunday’s broadcast on FOX:
The mission was made in conjunction with the Bahamas Minister of Tourism, Obie Wilchcombe, who praised the Redskins in a statement:
“We are grateful to our partners, the Washington Redskins, who wasted no time in offering assistance to The Islands of The Bahamas. 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.
As if the goodwill of a good deed wasn’t enough, Wilchcombe surmised: “I think it is safe to say that the Redskins organization has gained even more Bahamian fans this football season.”
Next stop: Haiti.