Redskins owner Dan Snyder has lent a helped hand to residents in both the Bahamas and Haiti, two countries recently impacted by Hurricane Matthew. On Monday, after speaking with Snyder, Redskins wide receiver Rob Kelley and defensive end Ricky Jean Francois, both of whom are of Haitian decent, flew down to Haiti to deliver supplies from the team's doctor and training staff at Bernard Mevs Hospital in Port Au Prince.
Before leaving, Garçon posted an Instagram video with Redskins head trainer Larry Hess describing everything the team sent down including gauze, IV solutions, wound care equipment and ACE wraps and bandages.
"He's been asking me how my family's been doing even before the hurricane and after the hurricane, he's always asking me how's my family and everybody, because he heard about the hurricane coming, so he's like 'Hey, how's your family doing, are they safe?'" Garçon said of his conversation with Snyder. "After yesterday's game he was like 'Hey, do you want to go down to Haiti?' And I was like, 'Yeah.'
"He said, 'I'll get someone to fly if you can take it down there and you can help out, because you can.'"
Garçon has previously gotten involved with assisting Haitians in need, as he created the Pierre Garçon Helping Hands Foundation in 2010 to bring enduring education, health and community programs to the people of Haiti; to provide long-term sustainable initiatives that will continue to positively influence the lives of Haitians.
"Haiti definitely needs a lot of help, there's a lot of things that need to be done, but it's very important to give the help that we can because that helps start the train of helping other people and continue to help around the country," Garçon said.
Garçon was also able to check in with his family.
"Some are safe, but there are still a lot we haven't heard from," Garçon said. "But I'm sure they're going to be well and do well and are going to be OK."
As Haiti attempts to rebuild from a crippling storm that has left thousands without their homes and loved ones, Jean Francois was able to see first-hand how the community is rallying together.
"Before the storm one of the ladies from the hospital told us they came together before the storm and had everything prepared and now they just trying to open up roads, it don't have cement roads, they have dirt roads, they're trying to open up roads and get more supplies out, but now I'm hearing they're doing air drops in different areas," Jean Francois said. "and the best part is everything is coming together the way it should have done a long time ago even when the earthquake hit, but just to see it yourself, to see it with your own eyes, just blessed."
As Garçon and Jean Francois were assisting those in need, their head coach was back home at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park in Loudoun County Va., proud of the work they did on an off day. "You know, a lot of guys want to stay home and play video games or what have you and spend time with their families, but to go to help others in need is big time," Gruden said. "Talks about their character and I'm proud to be their coach when you see guys do things like that that don't get publicized a whole lot, but in-house we are very happy for those guys."
"We are grateful to our partners, the Washington Redskins, who wasted no time in offering assistance to the Islands of The Bahamas," Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe said via GlobeNewsWire. "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 Synder, 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."
"We are very fortunate to have resources and the means to step in and make a difference in times of peril," Snyder said. "Even though we are not a relief organization, I felt it was critically important for us to use our resources to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew."