The Detroit Lions have donated bottles of water to the residents of Flint, Mich., currently dealing with a crisis due to the presence of lead in the water supply.
Flint's water has forced the city's residents to use bottled water for drinking, bathing and cooking. A federal state of emergency has been declared.
Defensive end Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah traveled to Flint on Friday and led donations of 94,000 bottles of water.
"I am thankful to be in a position to do something about this," Ansah said in a statement. "I can only hope this helps as a more permanent solution is being determined. It speaks volumes that my teammates were happy to jump on board and support as well.
"These are our fans. These are the people that support us and it means something to be able to help them as well."
The Detroit Free Press reported that fellow defensive linemen Haloti Ngata, Darryl Tapp, Jason Jones, Gabe Wright and Caraun Reid contributed to the effort.
The Lions organization has made an undisclosed contribution to the United Way, specifically to fund the truck delivering water to Flint.
Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls, a Flint native, has vowed to go to Flint and help in the weeks ahead.
"That's where I grew up at," Rawls, who is in Seattle recovering from a season-ending ankle injury he suffered in Week 14, said earlier this week. "So to know that the water is bad and to know that there's not a lot being done back in Flint, Michigan is kind of upsetting. It's kind of emotional just to know my family and friends and stuff there.
"One thing that I can control is do what I can do as far as on my end, and that's going back home, donating, having something around for the city as far as people having free water, stuff like that. Because it's kind of hard when you can't even shower in your own shower, when you can't drink your own water. It's kind of upsetting to know that I've got nieces and nephews, and (their) skin's breaking out. I've got friends, they have kids. It's already hard in the city just because. But just to add that on your plate, it's kind of tough.
"One thing I can tell you about the people in Flint is they're tough, and they are built for it. And that's one thing that I just want to display and show my gratitude through them, go back home and do a lot for the city."
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has apologized to Flint residents for the state's failures.