SOURCE: Hanesbrands Inc.

Hanesbrands Inc.

December 16, 2010 13:47 ET

Hanesbrands Inc. Donates Ambulance and Eco-Stoves as Part of Community Development Projects in El Salvador

WINSTON-SALEM, NC--(Marketwire - December 16, 2010) - Hanesbrands Inc. announced that it has renovated an ambulance, distributed 100 eco-stoves and is funding education programs for at-risk youths as part of continued efforts to improve the quality of life in several neighborhoods and communities in El Salvador.

The projects will benefit more than 25,000 people living in communities near San Juan Opico. Hanesbrands, which has operated in El Salvador for nearly 20 years, has six apparel manufacturing and sewing plants providing more than 9,000 jobs in the country.

Hanesbrands invested $8,000 to renovate an ambulance, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Maquilishuat, for the community of Sitio del Niño's Health Unit that serves an area of approximately 19,000 people south of San Juan Opico.

In previous health projects in the region, Hanesbrands renovated the San Juan Opico Health Clinic through a $100,000 donation and more than 2,000 hours of employee volunteer help. They also flew U.S. doctors to El Salvador to conduct community health screenings.

Hanesbrands bought 100 eco-stoves and employees delivered them to residents in need of cleaner, more efficient wood-burning stoves for cooking in the neighborhood of La Argentina in San Juan Opico. The stoves -- called eCocinas in Spanish -- are made locally in El Salvador and are significantly more energy efficient and significantly reduce smoke and carbon emissions. The use of the donated stoves is expected to reduce the rate of respiratory illnesses, as well as the number of trees cut down for fuel.

Hanesbrands has pledged $250,000 to support a new partnership between U.S. Agency for International Development and Glasswing International to enhance public education at four schools located in San Juan Opico, San Salvador, and Santa Tecla.

The "Building Communities to Foster Youth Development" project is designed to connect private businesses with at-risk youth though volunteer programs in communities that are vulnerable to crime and violence. The schools serve more than 4,000 students, parents and community members.

Hanesbrands employee-volunteers will donate their time to teach skills such as art, English and public speaking to children and youth and will help train principals, teachers and parent committees in areas such as fundraising and school management.

Volunteers will also pitch in to help renovate school buildings and improve educational infrastructure.

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