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Lions donate $1 million to Houston relief efforts

The Detroit Lions are making a major effort to assist victims of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

The franchise is donating $1 million on behalf of the Ford family and all members of the organization to assist in relief efforts in the wake of the deadly storm that hit south Texas, including the Houston area, home of the NFL's Houston Texans.

The team's donation is part of a league-wide effort led by individual players and franchises to assist victims of the storm and its aftermath. 

Lions Pro Bowl safety Glover Quin, who began his career with the Texans, is one of numerous people throughout the Lions organization with close ties to Houston area. Quin has a residence there.

Quin expressed gratitude from the support for all who have contributed in any way to the relief effort.

"It means a lot," Quin said when word of the donation surfaced in advance of Thursday night's Lions-Bills preseason game. "It means a lot for an owner who's not from that city to see the need and to see that she can be of help to a lot of people who maybe don't know who she is.

"To have a heart like that and give, it means a lot. It's going to take a huge, huge, huge, huge effort and amount of money to get back to where we were. Every little bit helps a lot."

The donation from the Lions did not surprise Quin, who joined the team in 2013 as a free agent after four seasons with the Texans.

"This is a first-class organization," Quin said. "Everything they're doing, they're doing in a first-class level.

"I'm not surprised at all by their generosity and heart."

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