11:01 AM PT -- 8/31 -- The Atlanta Falcons are also stepping up to help the relief efforts ... with the Arthur Blank Family Foundation pledging $1 million -- with $500,000 each going to the American Red Cross and the Greater New Orleans Foundation.
"At times like these, I hope we can set aside the things that divide us in a spirit of unity to help others suffering through a crisis simply because it's the right thing to do," Blank said in a statement.
New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson is doing her part to help ensure Louisianians gets back on their feet after Hurricane Ida ... donating $1 MILLION to storm victims.
Benson and the Saints announced the charitable act on Monday -- saying they're praying for those impacted by the hurricane that has wreaked havoc on Louisiana since it made landfall over the weekend.
"As South Louisiana and the Gulf Coast begin to assess the significant damage inflicted by Hurricane Ida, please know our prayers are with all of those who have suffered from the impacts of this historical storm," Benson and the Saints said.
"We have great faith in the resilience and strength of our community and look forward to doing everything in our power to help lead in the recovery."
Benson and the Saints say the $1 million will go to their Gulf Coast Renewal Fund ... and they urged others to join in with donations as well.
"We will continue to be in close communication with governmental and community leaders to determine where aid and assistance can most effectively be directed," Benson said.
The Saints added that the Superdome suffered only "minor damage" in the storm ... and they're hopeful it won't impact any part of their upcoming regular season schedule.
"We know how much winning games can unite and inspire people in our region," the Saints said, "and we can't wait to take advantage of that responsibility and opportunity."