Submitted by: CSX Corporation
Posted: Dec 14, 2012 – 01:00 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 14 /CSRwire/ - Victims of Hurricane Sandy will receive $1 million worth of new clothing from Dignity U Wear according to Barbara Truncellito, Executive Director. Dignity U Wear is a nonprofit headquartered in Jacksonville, FL that focuses on restoring the dignity to Americans in need by providing new clothing.
“As a resident of both NYC and South Jersey, I have personally witnessed the ashen and stunned faces of so many friends and neighbors. Through our partnerships with leading clothing manufacturers and retailers, we were able to mobilize quickly and consolidate shipments valued at over $1 million of new clothing for men, women, and children. Two truck containers, which are being shipped pro bono by Dignity’s sponsor CSX, are packed with basics—underwear, socks, pants, long-sleeved shirts, jackets and winter gear. These important items that all of us take for granted, will help people in New York and New Jersey get back on their feet” said Truncellito. “We could not make this happen without the support of CSX and their generous shipping donation. Their involvement has been the key to our successful disaster relief efforts.”
Clothing is being sent to FEGS, an 86-year-old Jewish organization based in Manhattan, with outreach to the five boroughs, as well as the Stafford Storm Relief center in South Jersey, reaching half of Ocean County. Many of Dignity’s corporate sponsors including Destination Maternity Corporation, who is providing 4,000 units of maternity clothing valued at $60,000, are contributing special donations. “We believe supporting this effort is the right thing to do,” said Ed Krell, CEO of Destination Maternity Corporation. “Especially during the holiday season, we hope we can provide comfort and relief to women affected by Sandy. We are proud to partner with Dignity U Wear, and commend the way they continue to efficiently mobilize their partners and resources to help those in need.”
About Dignity U Wear
The mission of Dignity U Wear is to positively impact the lives of children and their families in need throughout the United States by providing brand new clothing at no cost to the recipients. Dignity U Wear partners with the apparel industry to provide the supply of clothing and then works through a network of social service agencies to deliver the clothing based on specified needs. Founded by philanthropist and Holocaust survivor, Henri Landwirth in 2000, the organization has provided more than 6.6 million pieces, valued at $125 million, to more than 450,000 people. In addition, Dignity U Wear has achieved charity evaluator Charity Navigator’s coveted four-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. For more information about Dignity U Wear, visit www.dignityuwear.org or www.facebook.com/dignityuwear.
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