The Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA), the global association for the linen, uniform and facility services industry, has donated approximately $80,000 to Anayat House, Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE) and ConPRmetidos, all organisations assisting those impacted by hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico.
The donations are the result of TRSA’s 105th Annual Conference, which had been scheduled for last September in Miami, but was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. While offering to refund all registration and sponsorship fees, TRSA asked members to donate all or a portion of those fees to support local charities.
“We’re very proud of the TRSA community, which was able to create some positive outcomes in an overwhelmingly tragic circumstance,” said Joseph Ricci, CEO of TRSA.
Anayat House provides affordable overnight accommodations for family members of patients at local Beaumont, Texas, hospitals and anyone traveling to Beaumont for medical care and outpatient treatment.
CORE, an organisation that is part of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, grants support to children of food and beverage service employees navigating life-altering circumstances.
An additional contribution was made to ConPRmetidos, an organisation that specialises in matching Puerto Rico’s “diaspora” – people who settle away from their ancestral homeland – with companies there to help them grow.
The $80,000 donation follows an immediate TRSA charitable effort that took place just after the conference, when several hundred homeless residents were given welcome boxes that had been packaged for conference attendees at the time of the cancellation.