Redskins' Pierre Garcon heads to Haiti on team owner Dan Snyder's private jet

The Washington Post

Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon is spending his downtime between games doing humanitarian work.

On Monday, Garcon and teammate Ricky Jean Francois, both of Haitian descent, flew to the island on Redskins owner Daniel Snyder's private jet to deliver and distribute medical supplies to the area ravaged by Hurricane Matthew. To date, the category 4 storm is believed to have caused more than 1,000 deaths in Haiti since making landfall on the southwest coast of the island on Tuesday.

Garcon is no stranger to the devastation on the Caribbean island. He visited Haiti just three months after a deadly 7.0 earthquake claimed almost half a million lives in 2010. The football player and businessman insists on being on the ground to help when he can. Garcon told USA Today that "being on the front line, making things happen and making sure it's done the right way, it's more important to me than just writing a check."

For his part, Snyder also recently sent water bottles, batteries and nonperishable foods via his jet to the Bahamas, which was also in the hurricane's destructive path.

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