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World Series - Phillies or Yankees? Either Way, the World's Children Win

Whether the Phillies or the Yankees win the World Series, Major League Baseball and World Vision are ensuring that everyone wins, by continuing their partnership to provide unsalable, postseason MLB-licensed apparel to children and families in need around the world. MLB will donate World Series apparel that is unusable because it lists the wrong winning team, since it is being produced in advance to be prepared for that outcome.

The Phillies or Yankees merchandise that turns out not to be needed but for distribution to athletes and fans on-site and through retailers, will be added to the 13,000 pieces of Angels' and Dodgers' apparel donated to World Vision after the American League and National League Championship Series. World Vision will ship and distribute the goods to impoverished people in the developing world, many of whom have never owned a new article of clothing in their lives.

As is the case each year, as teams have been eliminated during the 2009 postseason, an excess amount of inventory has become available but is not salable. MLB has continued its work with many of its licenses to ship the losing teams' apparel to World Vision's Gifts-in-Kind Distribution Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The goods are being sorted and packaged for shipment to developing countries where World Vision has experienced staff and established product distribution networks.

"Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities and this is a tremendous opportunity for Major League Baseball to make an impact on the lives of those in need around the world," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "We are pleased to work with World Vision, which brings 60 years of experience successfully assisting millions of people around the world."

Datum: 05 November 2009
Bron: Press release World Vision

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