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SHARON, Ma. (September 7, 2017) –Local Sharon, MA business Charles River Apparel will be lending a hand in the Hurricane Harvey relief effort by hitting the road for the “Relay to Relief”.
Yesterday afternoon, employees at Charles River Apparel loaded up the Charles River Apparel van to the brim with apparel donations and Walmart gift cards. Co-owners Deb and Barry Lipsett then lead the charge by driving the first leg of the trip, with several Charles River Apparel sales representatives stepping up to drive different legs of the trip. The official journey began yesterday evening on Tuesday, September 5th with Barry and Deb Lipsett departing from Sharon, MA with a final arrival date in Houston, TX on Saturday, September 9th.
Additionally, The Advertising Speciality Institue® (ASI) Promotional Products Organization is graciously partnering with Deb and Barry to match their $10,000 donation to the Houston Food Bank with their own $10,000 donation. A combined $20,000 will be donated in total to the Houston Food Bank to help those in need.
Charles River Apparel will cap off the trip by donating 240 doggie rain jackets and the van used for the trip to a Texas animal rescue shelter for their use in the transportation of animals and other efforts.
“It wasn’t a question of if we should help,” says Deb Lipsett, Director of Charles River Cares. “It was a question of how we could best help and how quickly we could make it happen.” Lipsett continues, “charitable giving is such an important part of our culture. Employees were jumping at the chance to be a part of giving back to the Houston community”.
Charles River Apparel is a leading manufacturer of innovative active wear for a variety of markets. Since its inception more than a quarter of a century ago, New England‐based Charles River Apparel has been recognized for the quality, style, performance and value of its apparel, and the high level of its customer service. Low minimums, decorating (screen print or embroidery) capabilities and same day shipping make Charles River Apparel a one-stop shop for superior quality apparel. Charles River Apparel sells through more than 13,000 distributors and stores nationwide. Charles River Apparel is a Top 40 ASI Supplier for the second year in a row. For more information, visit