The Dolphins have begun preparing for their next game, Sunday at home against the Oakland Raiders, but the players and the organization are trying to do their part in the aftermath of last week's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

Defensive end Jason Taylor and cornerbacks Patrick Surtain and Terry Cousin will be among the players who will join community leaders in taking part in a candlelight vigil at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater in downtown Miami Tuesday between 7-9 p.m.

The players are expected to join community leaders for "A Prayer for America," which has been described as an evening of reflection and support. Those attending are encouraged to bring a flag and candle.

Then on Sunday, prior to the 1 p.m. kickoff against the Raiders, the wives and girlfriends of Dolphins players and coaches will be at each of the entry gates to collect monetary donations for "Operation Helping Hand," an emergency fund set up through the United Way, which supports organizations involved in our nation's relief and recovery efforts from the tragic events of Sept. 11.

Cash or checks made out to "Operation Helping Hand" will be accepted, and entry gates will open at 11 a.m.

"The Dolphins and the NFL have always had a strong partnership with the United Way, and that is especially important in light of their efforts to provide assistance following last week's tragedy," said Dolphins President Eddie Jones. "Through 'Operation Helping Hand,' they will be able to lend the much-needed monetary support for all those affected by the tragic events that occurred in our nation last week."

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