NFL Owner Robert Snyder Lends Plane For Players To Take Aid To Haiti
Two days after taking a plane full of supplies to the Bahamas to help survivors of Hurricane Matthew, Washington NFL owner Daniel Snyder sent medical supplies to Haiti, whose citizens have been hit the hardest by the storm.
Washington players Pierre Garcon and Ricky Jean Francois, both of Haitian descent, represented the owner and their team and make the trip to Haiti on Monday morning to Port-au-Prince, a powerful 24-hour experience for both players. They landed just after 1 p.m. ET in the country’s capital with medical supplies to provide to Hospital Bernard Mevs. Garcon said Snyder, who also sent a plane full of supplies to the Bahamas as well following the hurricane, had asked him about the hurricane and his family’s safety prior to landfall.
The death toll of the Category 4 storm has reportedly risen to 1,000 people. The United Nations humanitarian agency said about 750,000 people in southwest Haiti will need “life-saving assistance and protection” over the next three months. It estimated that at least 2.4 million people have been affected by the hurricane in a country with a population of about 11 million.
Snyder asked Garcon, who was born in upstate New York but attended high school in South Florida, if there was anything he could do, then asked if he wanted to fly down to Haiti and help. Garcon agreed, and asked Jean Francois to tag along as they stocked up on IVs and saline.