UniFirst donates $850,000 in clothing to global outreach efforts in Haiti

WILMINGTON, Mass., May 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — UniFirst Corporation (NYSE:UNF), an industry leader in the supply and servicing of uniforms, workwear, and facility products throughout the U.S. and Canada, announced today that it has donated nearly 34,500 garments with a retail value of over $850,000 to aid relief initiatives in Haiti. UniFirst’s donations have been coordinated through Global Outreach Haiti, a member of Global Outreach International’s Caribbean efforts.

“We appreciate the investment UniFirst made by donating these items to Global Outreach Haiti,” wrote David and Judy Heady, directors of the mission in Haiti. “This clothing will certainly be welcomed and put to good use by the needy Haitians we serve.” Garments sent by UniFirst included T-shirts, polo shirts, work shirts, healthcare scrubs, and more.

Tens of thousands Of Dominicans of Haitian descent were unable to vote in yesterday’s elections

May 15, the Dominican Republic held its general elections for presidency, vice presidency, congress, and municipal leaders. But not all Dominicans of voting age were allowed to vote, Remzcla.com reported.

In spring and summer of 2015, the Dominican government’s plan to deport and expel tens of thousands of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent gained international attention and condemnation. By the end of the year, the Dominican government deported thousands of people to Haiti, some of whom qualified as Dominican citizens, and today many Dominicans of Haitian descent who live in the Dominican Republic cannot vote because they are denied documentation.

Islamic chaplaincy graduate will wrestle for Haiti in 2016 Olympics

Islamic Chaplaincy Program graduate Asnage Castelly will wrestle for Haiti in the 2016 Olympics.

Asnage is the only wrestler on Haiti’s Olympic team. In addition to his wrestling career, he is a U.S. Army chaplain and travels between the U.S. and Haiti with his wife and young child. Asnage was born in Haiti and moved to the United States at the age of nine. In high school, he wrestled for the Irvington (N.J.) Blue Knights and was an All-American. He then competed as a Division II wrestler at American International in Springfield, Mass.

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