Monday, January 25, 2010

Vilma Designed Saints T-Shirt To Benefit Haiti

Linebacker Has Family Ties To Earthquake-Ravaged Country

GRETNA, La. -- Saints fever is everywhere you look these days, and clothing is no exception. A T-shirt shop in Gretna, La., is working overtime to print a special shirt designed by Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, with part of the proceeds going to the Haiti earthquake relief effort.

The black and gold t-shirt has the phrase "Domeland Defense" on it.

"My idea of the design? It's killer. Better than anything I've been a part of," said Todd Robinson of Bonza Graphics, which is printing the shirt.

And though Vilma designed the shirts to celebrate the Saints' success, he is also looking to help earthquake victims. The linebacker's parents are Haitian, and he still has two aunts and uncles who live there. He said they're all doing fine, but he wants to do what he can to help.

Because of game preparations, he can't devote his full attention to the crisis.

"I don't want to just hand money over to anybody," he said. "I want to make sure it goes to where the help really needs to be, so after this game I'm really going to take some time to understand where I can help and do whatever I can."

So in the meantime, some of the money raised from T-shirt sales will go toward a Haitian relief fund of Vilma's choice. It's one way Saints fans can help out the disaster victims.

"We're proud to be part of what I think will be a really good thing for Haiti," Robinson said.

The shirts are available at stores around the area, including Sports Avenue and some Walgreens.

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