Gildan Activewear Inc. is donating $50,000 to assist with the relief efforts in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. The funds will be distributed equally between UNICEF and Americares, as each focuses its efforts on different areas of intervention.
Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti in early October 2016 as a category four hurricane, resulting in extensive flooding and mudslides, damage to roads and infrastructure and electricity and water shortages.
“Fortunately, none of our Gildan employees or the employees at our contractors’ facilities in the Port-au-Prince area were directly impacted by the storm,” said Freddy Barrantes, Gildan Country Manager, Caribbean Bassin. “Nevertheless, having had a presence in Haiti for more than 15 years, we wanted to assist in meeting the needs of the affected communities.”
Gildan has also donated food and water kits to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and continues to monitor the situation in the affected areas.