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Haiti disaster affects NFL player

The news out of Haiti following a 7.0 earthquake is hard to imagine -- reports of tens of thousands dead and the capital Port-au-Prince rendered all but uninhabitable (details on how to donate below). One NFL player with roots to the island is trying to raise awareness and money to help those in need.

"We need the US military as soon as possible n haiti We need the 4 million Haitian that live out side of haiti to Act now, we need da world!," NFL Indianapolis Colts second-year wide receiver Pierre Garçon wrote on his Facebook page.

Garçon was born in the U.S., but his parents and three sisters were born in Haiti and he has numerous relatives living there whom he still has not heard from. "It's terrible," Garçon said. "It's probably the worst thing that could ever happen. It's probably worse than a nightmare. It's a poor country and this just makes it worse."

Garçon will start this Saturday as the Colts host the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL Playoffs.

What Haiti needs now most is money (I gave to my favorite relief organization, the International Medical Corps). The easiest way to donate is to text "Haiti to 90999." A $10 donation will be made to the American Red Cross and the charge will appear on your next phone bill. If 1,000 people reading this post each texted, that would be a much-needed $10,000 to donate to people who now have little than the clothes on their back.