UniFirst Donates $200,000 in Clothing to Hurricane-Ravaged New Jersey
Financial donation also made to Red Cross for relief efforts
WILMINGTON, Mass., Dec. 27, 2012
WILMINGTON, Mass., Dec. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hurricane Sandy flood victims
in the Little Ferry, New Jersey area will be a bit warmer this winter as a
result of more than 7,000 fleece jackets, sweatshirts, and other clothing
items donated by UniFirst Corporation, a leading provider of workwear and
uniforms to businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada.
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In addition to the clothing, which has a retail value of nearly $200,000,
UniFirst and its employees also donated $6,000 for Red Cross relief efforts,
and needed clothing and other items for hurricane victims on Staten Island.
Catalina Dongo, the human resources manager at UniFirst's corporate office,
helped to organize the donation efforts after numerous employees had asked how
they could help the victims.
"I made some inquiries and it quickly became a UniFirst team effort," Dongo
said. "Virtually everyone in our corporate office and our hundreds of
locations throughout the U.S. and Canada supported the relief effort."
Little Ferry, with 11,000 residents, was ultimately selected to receive the
clothing items after learning it was among the areas most devastated by
Hurricane Sandy in late October. The storm caused berms holding back the
Hackensack River to fail and send flood waters as high as eight feet into the
township within 30 minutes. Many of Little Ferry's residents were still
repairing damage caused by Hurricane Irene just 14 months earlier when Sandy
"We've had uniform rental and laundering facilities in New Jersey servicing
area businesses for many years, so it was particularly gratifying that we
could help some of our 'neighbors' in need," said Richard Powell, UniFirst
general manager in Whippany, who helped to deliver the clothing items to the
Little Ferry Memorial Middle School, where members of the Knights of Columbus,
an organization that supports charitable and relief efforts, helped to unload
ten pallets of UniFirst clothing.
Among those most appreciated of the truck's arrival was Mayor Mauro D. Raguseo
who noted the UniFirst donation was of critical importance given the
approaching colder weather. "We will be forever thankful to UniFirst," he
Since even 7,000-plus clothing items can only go so far, Mayor Raguseo said
distribution would target the neediest. He explained that staff and teachers
at the middle school would, in part, make that determination by watching for
children arriving to school without winter jackets or lacking warm outerwear.
Although total recovery will take some time, Mayor Raguseo said, "We're
resilient. When they say 'Jersey strong', come to Little Ferry; you'll see
UniFirst (NYSE: UNF), a North American leader in the supply and servicing of
uniforms, workwear, and protective clothing, outfits more than 1.5 million
workers each business day. The company's most popular brands include
UniWeave®, SofTwill®, UniWear®, and Armorex FR®. UniFirst also offers Facility
Service programs including floor mats, mops, and restroom products. For more
information, contact UniFirst at 800-455-7654 or visit www.unifirst.com.
SOURCE UniFirst Corporation
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