by Stephen Garner
Delivering Good, formerly K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, returned to the island of Puerto Rico to help children and families affected by last year’s devastating Hurricane Maria on October 18.

The organization returned to the island to further assess the needs of those affected by the hurricane. Lisa Gurwitch, president and CEO of Delivering Good; Karen Bromley, principal of The Bromley Group; Taylor Gray, treasurer and VP of The Countess Moira Charitable Foundation; and Rita Polidori O’Brien, VP of marketing and communication at United Legwear & Apparel Co., took the journey to Puerto Rico to provide much needed items to help families to continue to rebuild.

The team visited areas like Villa Palmera and Trujillo Alto to distribute over $1 million of new children’s apparel and other items, from brands like Skechers, Learning Express Toys, Shelter Products, Bioworld Merchandising, Global Brands Group, GTI Imports, Bows Arts, Alternative Apparel, and many others.

Earlier this month United Legwear hosted a panel discussion at its New York City office to give those in attendance a glimpse of what it takes to run an organization like Delivering Good and what the fashion community can do to assist its efforts.

In 2017, over 400 companies donated more than 13 million units of new products (valued at over $152 million) that Delivering Good distributed to over 500 community partners nationwide. Monetary donations and other financial support help pay for programs, logistics, coordination and freight costs so that new product reaches the people who need it most. With community partners in all 50 states and around the world, and an overhead of less than 3 percent, Delivering Good is widely recognized for efficiently supporting people in need.