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Jets' 'AFC champs' gear bound to be sent to Haiti

Merchandise available in the Jets website bearing the

Merchandise available in the Jets website bearing the AFC Champions logos. (January 21, 2010) Photo Credit: Jets.com

Some of the Jets' AFC championship gear that was available for pre-sale on the team's Web site last week is headed for Haiti to aid in the earthquake relief effort, an NFL spokesman said last night.

Brian McCarthy, NFL vice president of corporate communications, said "a couple thousand" of the Jets' AFC champion T-shirts and hats will be sent to Haiti via World Vision, a relief fund organization.

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Karen Kartes, a spokeswoman for World Vision, said the Jets' shirts and hats are going to be sent "ASAP" to the organization's international distribution center in Pittsburgh for sorting and storing purposes.

"We are not sure yet when we will incorporate the Jets goods into our ongoing relief response," she said, "but they will go there."

Championship gear for all four teams in the conference championship games yesterday was available last week for pre-sale on nflshop.com.

The Jets were the only team that chose to place the clothes for sale on its own Web site, which executive vice president for business affairs Matt Higgins said was another example of the organization's new "positive thinking" approach.

Fans who tried to purchase the championship gear ahead of time were given a message on the order page stating that their credit cards would not be charged if their team lost.

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