BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-Fruit of the Loom donates clothing to victims of Hurricane Irma. The company says it pledges 500,000 pieces of essential garments to residents of Florida and surrounding affected areas.
A set of two tractor trailers with items such as T-shirts, underwear, and sweatpants will ship from distribution centers in Palmetto, South Carolina to the Orlando area. A third truck from Montgomery, Alabama is also shipping goods to the region. The company expects all shipments to arrive by the end of this week.
Employees packing donations. (All images courtesy Fruit of the Loom)
Fruit of the Loom notes that a free freight agreement with truck carrier First Coast Alabama has saved the company roughly $7,000 in shipping costs. In addition to the newest set of donations, the carrier aided the organization with a donation earlier this month for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Goods ship from South Carolina and Alabama.
The large donation marks a continued effort by apparel industry companies to help in the hurricane-ravaged region. Throughout the month of September, businesses ranging from art providers to garment manufacturers pledged their support with various contributions.
Donations will arrive in Orlando this week.