PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The wound is still fresh from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss in Super Bowl XLV. Now, many stores are stuck with shipments of pre-ordered Super Bowl gear.
Though, instead of throwing the shipments in the trash, they are being put to good use.
The Green Bay Packers and their fans got to don their Super Bowl t-shirts. However, the loss meant that Pittsburgh’s championship shirts were kept in the boxes they were shipped in.
“It’s a shame that a lot of stuff we throw away that others, who are less fortunate, could use them,” Bob Houser said.
Houser is a volunteer at World Vision. On Wednesday he was helping to process Steelers Super Bowl shirts that don’t really serve a purpose now.
The shirts will be sent to people who can put them to good use.
“This year we’re keying in on Romania, Armenia, Zambia, and Nicaragua as our starting four countries,” Jeff Fields said.
In the coming weeks, the organization is expecting around $2 million worth of merchandise.
“Combined with shirts, hats, and sweatshirts, we’ll end up getting around a 100,000 pieces. So, we’ll be serving 100,000 people with a new item,” Fields said.
Fields said if they get more merchandise than expected, they’ll expand the shipments to even more countries.
“It is bittersweet, but we know that they’re really going to be used for good. We’re glad that we still get the t-shirts from the NFL and even though it’s our hometown team, we still feel like good is going to come out of it,” Laura Kennedy said.
Fields also spoke with Vinnie & Cook on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA Wednesday about World Vision’s efforts.
You can listen to the full interview by clicking the play button below: