As the Largest United Way Givers over the Past Decade, HanesBrands
and its Employees Have Donated More than $23 Million to Support Families
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Jan 20, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
HanesBrands announced today that the company and its employees exceeded
their goal and raised $2.06 million for the United Way of Forsyth County
during its 2010 year-end campaign. The successful campaign capped a
decade of record fundraising that has relied on the extraordinary
generosity of Hanes' 2,500 Forsyth County employees and proceeds from
the company's highly-successful community product sales.
"We surpassed our $2 million goal by $56,000 because of the unwavering
support of Hanes employees," said Chris Fox, Hanes vice president of
corporate social responsibility and the company's 2010 United Way
campaign chairman. "Our employees' generosity - year after year - is a
true testament to how much they care about their community, how
important they are to the community, and how committed they are to
helping United Way provide critical services to those in need."
Over the past decade, Hanes and its employees have been the largest
corporate contributors to the United Way of Forsyth County, donating
more than $23 million to support community agencies and programs.
Hanes and its employees donate more than money to benefit United Way
agencies. To kickoff the company's 2010 campaign on Oct. 1, Hanes
granted paid time off to more than 300 headquarters employees to
volunteer for a Day of Caring at seven area United Way beneficiaries:
- YMCA Camp Hanes - Builta bench and a youth dodge ball
pit, and spruced up the walking and hiking trails
- Community Care Center - Paintedpatient care rooms
- The Children's Home - Redesigned the clothing room and painted
the entrance to the home
- Second Harvest Food Bank - Sorted food
- Goodwill - Organized the Success Outfitters donation room,
where men and women with limited means can obtain clothing for job
- Family Services - Landscaped the grounds
- Clemmons Elementary School - Built a garden
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Employee volunteers also staged and ran the company's 2010 product
sales. The company held three sales in October - one for employees and
two for the Forsyth County community - that generated more than $380,000
toward the company's overall campaign goal. The much-anticipated sales
drew thousands of shoppers from around the Triad area and even from
other states seeking bargains to benefit a worthy cause.
"Our community product sales have been a major highlight of our United
Way campaign over the past decade," Fox said. "Hanes donates multiple
tractor-trailer loads of apparel, and the community gets to buy Hanes,
Champion, Playtex, Bali and other brands at
incredible prices. All the proceeds go to benefit United Way."
The company's first community sale in 2001 raised approximately $12,000,
and the annual events have grown in scope and scale to meet community
"We are extremely grateful for the leadership that Hanes gives our
community. Their campaign just seems to get better every year," said Ron
Drago, president and CEO, United Way of Forsyth County. "Hanes employees
really went the extra mile in 2010 with three product sales and their
Day of Caring outreach."
The United Way of North Carolina honored Hanes with the 2009 Corporate
Spirit award, recognizing the company for having the best campaign for
its size in North Carolina. The company also won the Employee Spirit
award in 2006 and 2008.
HanesBrands (NYSE:HBI) is a leading marketer of everyday basic apparel
under some of the world's strongest apparel brands, including Hanes,
Champion, Playtex, Bali, JMS/Just My Size, barely
there, Wonderbra and Gear For Sports. The company
sells T-shirts, bras, panties, men's underwear, children's underwear,
socks, hosiery, casualwear and activewear produced in the company's
low-cost global supply chain. Hanes has approximately 50,000 employees
in more than 25 countries and takes pride in its strong reputation for
ethical business practices. More information about the company and its
corporate social responsibility initiatives, including environmental,
social compliance and community improvement achievements, may be found
on the Hanes corporate website at www.hanesbrands.com.
Hanes is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2010 Energy Star Partner
of the Year and ranks No. 91 on Newsweek magazine's Top 500 greenest
U.S. company rankings.
SOURCE: Hanesbrands Inc.
Matt Hall, 336-519-3386