ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon's attachment to Haiti remains strong, so when owner Dan Snyder made an offer, the reply was swift and predictable. After Sunday's 16-10 win over the Baltimore Ravens, Snyder asked Garcon if he'd want to be part of a group that delivered medical supplies to Haiti, hit hard by Hurricane Matthew last week.
"Of course," Garcon quickly replied.
Garcon traveled to Haiti on Monday along with teammate Ricky Jean Francois -- also of Haitian descent -- and senior vice president of communications Tony Wyllie to help drop off and unload the supplies. It's not the first time Garcon or Jean Francois have helped in Haiti.
At least 900 people have died since the hurricane hit, and thousands more have been left homeless.
Before leaving, Garcon, who still has family on the island, contacted Project Medishare to see what was needed in Haiti. The answer was medical supplies, especially saline to keep patients being treated for cholera hydrated intravenously. They also took gauze and alcohol wipes, among other supplies.
"It's the least we can do," Garcon said by phone. "We have easy access to the medical supplies in our training room. These people are dying here. For us to provide the medical supplies and keep someone alive, just giving them IVs, that's a life-changing thing where we can help. It's very small, and we take for granted having an IV, but after dealing with a hurricane and dealing with not having those basic needs, it will keep a lot of people alive."
Garcon said Snyder and others at Redskins Park had been asking him all week about his family in Haiti (they're OK). Then Snyder made the offer after the game. The plane left around 10 a.m. Monday, a day off for the players. Saturday, the Redskins sent a plane with supplies and goods to hurricane victims in the Bahamas. Garcon said his hope was that other teams -- whether professional or in the college ranks -- also would send medical supplies.
The Redskins group did not see the devastation Monday, having landed on the northern side of the island.
"It's something I'm happy I can do and am in a position to give back," Garcon said. "It's one of those things you live for, and you want to say I helped and did this for a whole country. I'm glad I had the opportunity to do it. To have the help from Dan and the medical staff, that's what made it all come together. Without them, it's just an idea. They made it into reality."