Although the Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA), was forced to cancel its annual conference that was scheduled to be held in Miami last week due to Hurricane Irma, the association will be making a significant contribution to the relief efforts in areas affected by hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

While offering to refund all registration and sponsorship fees, TRSA has asked members to donate all or a portion of these fees to support local charities. Around half have committed their Annual Conference registration and/or sponsorship fees to local charities. As a result of this generosity, TRSA expects to donate approximately $125,000 on behalf of its members to ongoing relief efforts in Houston, Miami and Florida in the aftermath of these powerful storms.

Already, several hundred homeless residents were given welcome boxes that had been packaged for conference attendees.

“It’s very sad that for the first time in living memory, bad weather has forced TRSA to cancel our Annual Conference,” said TRSA president & CEO Joseph Ricci. “In an effort to make the best of an unfortunate situation, our members have stepped-up by contributing their registration and sponsorship fees to help the association make a significant contribution to the local economies and to people in need.”