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Hilco Global Gives Away $1.2MM of Athletic Apparel to The Salvation Army and Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority

August 25, 2021, 07:15 AM
Filed Under: Industry News

Hilco Global donated over $1,200,000 worth of new athletic apparel to The Salvation Army in Chicago, New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia, and the Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority in Alexandria, Virginia. The 47,000 pieces of new apparel and accessories were procured from Fanatics and include items such as jerseys, t-shirts, hats, masks, and other essential clothing items that are needed to help families in need as they prepare to send their children to school. The items were distributed in back-to-school events that occurred throughout the month of August in at-risk communities. The events benefited families struggling during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by giving them necessities as they prepare to send their children back to in-person learning.

This donation initiative is part of Hilco Global's ongoing philanthropic program, "Hilco Helps," supporting causes and not-for-profit organizations that seek to enhance the lives and maximize the potential of the world's most important assets: human assets. Other philanthropic projects that Hilco Helps has recently completed include providing over $2,000,000 at retail of new winter coats and accessories to at-risk families in Chicago, Boston, New Jersey, and Philadelphia and mentoring several inner-city youth to develop valuable real-world experience to help break the cycle of poverty.
"The donation of the Fanatics athletic apparel to families in need is the latest example of our commitment to philanthropy," said Jeffrey B. Hecktman, CEO and Founder of Hilco Global. "It is important to us that we help children and families in at-risk communities with clothing items they need to have a good start to the school year. We appreciate the partnership from Fanatics and the work that The Salvation Army and ARHA put in to create such impactful back-to-school community events."

Joe Bozich President of Fanatics said, "We are thrilled to partner with Hilco Global and participate in the philanthropic work they do and to help out local communities by providing new Fanatics apparel for those in need."

"We are incredibly grateful for Hilco Global's generous donation because we know it will help families who are struggling to stay in their homes, put food on the table, and provide for their children," said Commissioner Kenneth G. Hodder, National Commander of The Salvation Army. "With one-in-seven children already living in poverty and an end to the eviction moratorium coming, thousands of families could face homelessness in the coming months. Access to free school clothes and supplies will help parents focus their resources on other expenses—like rent and utilities—while empowering their children to start off well in the new school year."

Gaynelle Diaz, Director of Resident and Community Services at Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority said, "ARHA is thrilled to receive this generous donation of athletic apparel from Hilco Global. The clothing is a much-needed item and a welcome addition to the backpack and school supplies that we are providing as it is one less thing that the families in the community need to worry about purchasing as they get their children ready for the school year."

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