Cintas Employee-Partners Donate More Than $62,000 To Support Company’s Tsunami Relief Program, “Operation Cintas Cares”
Program Generates More Than $2.3 Million In Combined Clothing and Financial Aid
CINCINNATI, OH, April 20, 2005 – Cintas employee-partners across North America donated more than $62,000 to help bring relief to victims ravaged by the tsunami disaster in South Asia. The company’s employee donations will benefit the American Red Cross International Response Fund for tsunami relief. The donations were part of the company’s comprehensive aid program entitled, “Operation: Cintas Cares.” The recently completed program generated more than $2.3 million in combined clothing and financial aid.
Through “Operation: Cintas Cares,” the company donated more than $2 million in clothing to support Cincinnati-based Matthew: 25 Ministries’ tsunami relief initiatives. Cintas also raised $112,000 in employee-matched donations. In addition, the Farmer Family Foundation – established by Cintas Founder and Chairman, Richard T. Farmer and his family – contributed $250,000 to the Red Cross in the name of Cintas.
“Our employee-partners’ extraordinary response to this emergency reflects our personal and corporate commitment to making a difference,” said Scott Farmer, Cintas President and CEO. “Our thoughts are with the victims and families affected by this disaster.”
Cintas’ garment donations are being coordinated through an existing partnership with Matthew: 25 Ministries’ Center for Humanitarian Relief. The company has shipped 150,000 articles of new clothing (valued at over $2 million ) to the ministry to help support their tsunami relief efforts. In addition, pallets of children’s clothes have been shipped to South Asia as part of Cintas’ “Clothe the Kids” program.
“Cintas is a shining example of corporate America’s generosity in times of tragedy and desperation,” said Reverend Wendell Mettey, Matthew 25: Ministries’ Founder and President. “We’ve been on the ground to assess the situation in South Asia, and Cintas’ aid will be crucial to helping those who have truly lost everything.”
The company’s $112,000 contribution includes $62,000 in voluntary donations from Cintas’ employee-partners and a $50,000 corporate match to the American Red Cross International Response Fund. Cintas’ employee donations will benefit the American Red Cross International Response Fund for tsunami relief. A percentage of the corporate match will benefit Matthew 25: Ministries’ tsunami relief efforts.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services for approximately 700,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a Nasdaq-100 company and component of the Standard & Poors 500 Index. The Company has achieved 35 consecutive years of growth in sales and earnings, to date.