Before major NFL events, like the Super Bowl, participating teams often pre-print victory apparel. The winning team sells its items right away, but the losing team is left with large quantities of merchandise that cannot be sold.
In this case, World Vision is partnering with the NFL and Reebok to help children in need receive the treasure of new clothing. Instead of throwing it away, the losing team's pre-printed victory apparel will bring joy to children in need around the world.
The Patriots' shirts and caps will be shipped to World Vision's distribution center in Pittsburgh, where staff will sort the items and add them to shipments for World Vision field staff. Once those shipments arrive, field staff members distribute the apparel to children and families in need.
For many of the recipients, these will be the first new articles of clothing they have ever owned.
After the 2007 Super Bowl game, a significant portion of the apparel for the Chicago Bears — last year's losing team — was distributed in Zambia, and the rest went to areas of Chad, Chile, Bolivia, Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Zimbabwe, and Romania.
One Romanian family received some Chicago Bears' apparel after the 2007 game and enjoyed the gift of added warmth.
Mihaela Ciobanu, a World Vision social worker in Romania, brings a special box as she visits this family's small, overcrowded kitchen in the northeast region of the country. Twins Mihaela and Paula, 11, do homework with their sister, Gabita, 7, as they watch their mother prepare lunch. The woodstove serves as the cooking surface and the main source of heat for the house. It is fueled by small branches gathered from the nearby forest. Good firewood is a commodity the girls' parents — Emilia and Paul, both 29 — cannot afford.
They are both out of work, and the family lives off the income of occasional labor and the children's monthly state allowance — about $30 dollars per month. Ciobanu says more than 75 percent of families in the area face a similar situation.
Winter is one of the hardest times of the year for them. Aside from the obvious difficulties of coping with sub-zero temperatures, it's nearly impossible for them to find any odd jobs from November through March.
>> Thank God for the gift of brand-new clothing that Mihaela, Paula, and Gabita received through World Vision's partnership with the NFL and Reebok. Pray that this partnership and others like it would continue to benefit children and families around the world who are in need of basic necessities like warm clothing for the winter months.
>> Donate now to help World Vision ship and distribute the donations of clothing and shoes we have received from generous American manufacturers. Your gift will multiply 14 times in impact to help keep children warm in 20 countries around the world.
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