September 6, 2017
Gildan partners with the Salvation Army to Support Victims of Hurricane Harvey with Donation of Essential Clothing items
Montreal, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 – Gildan announced today that it is donating a shipment of basic clothing items, including underwear and socks, to those forced to evacuate their homes because of the continued rain and flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Gildan has partnered with The Salvation Army to distribute the donated goods, which has over 250 volunteers and staff on the ground and distribution logistics in place to aid residents displaced by the devastating floods.
“Our thoughts are with the residents of Houston and surrounding areas who are facing the aftermath of this natural disaster,” said Glenn Chamandy, President and CEO of Gildan. “As residents deal with the uncertainty from being displaced from their homes for an undetermined time, it is our hope that access to basic essentials will aid in their immediate comfort.”
Many parts of Houston will be inhabitable for weeks to come, due to the many health risks and damage to infrastructure that the flooding has caused. The Salvation Army has dispatched 100 mobile units and has provided lodging to over 2,200 people in 22 shelters as well as accommodated displaced residents throughout Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
One of the pillars of the company’s Genuine ResponsibilityTM program is to be supportive of communities impacted by natural disasters, assisting those that find themselves in difficult situations. Gildan is proud to support The Salvation Army which has mobilized its resources to distribute items to those residents hardest hit by the storm.
To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or text STORM to 51555.
Gildan is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery, and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe®, Anvil®, Comfort Colors®, American Apparel®,Alstyle®, Secret®, Silks®, Kushyfoot®, Secret Silky®, Peds®, MediPeds®, and Therapy Plus™ brands. Sock products are also distributed through the Company’s exclusive U.S. sock license for the Under Armour® brand, and a wide arrayof products are also marketed through a global license for the Mossy Oak® brand. The Company's products are sold in two primary markets, namely the printwear and retail markets. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. In retail markets, the Company sells its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada and also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.
Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily locatedin Central America, the Caribbean Basin, North America, and Bangladesh. These facilities are strategically located to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of Gildan's customers. With over 48,000 employees worldwide Gildan operates with a strong commitment to industry-leading labour and environmental practices throughout its supplychain in accordance with its comprehensive corporate social responsibility program embedded in the Company'slong-term business strategy. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives canbe found at www.gildancorp.com and www.genuinegildan.com,respectively.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.
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