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October 26, 2017

Agforce Transport Services has found success collaborating with a regional organization to deliver charitable goods.

In April, Agforce partnered with GTM Sportswear to deliver pallets of shoes to the Soles4Souls charity. GTM Sportswear, owned by HanesBrands Inc., liquidated 17 pallets of shoes and began bidding transportation to deliver tandheir charitable contribution. Excited about aiding in the relief effort, Agforce donated their professional services coordinating the transportation of the 12,000 pounds of donated footwear from Manhattan, Kansas, to Wadley, Alabama.

“GTM reached out for a quote on the transportation for this shipment which we learned was for a donation to Soles4Souls. We have worked with GTM and their parent company HBI for a couple of years, and it was an easy decision to donate the transportation costs to help support this effort,” said Agforce Sales Manager Ben Keck.

“Building a strong relationship that goes beyond the transactional is at the core of how we work, and we found this to be a great opportunity to build on our relationship while supporting a worthy cause,” said Agforce Managing Director Michael Preisinger .

Soles4Souls is a nonprofit social enterprise based in Nashville, Tennessee, whose mission is to create sustainable jobs and provide relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Since Soles4Souls began in 2006, they have distributed over 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries and all 50 U.S. states. But the organization’s desire is that every single one of those pairs makes a difference in people’s lives. This donation can create meaningful economic opportunities all around the globe by simply repurposing the shoes.

Also this spring, Agforce was offered the opportunity to help coordinate transportation of a truckload of organic fertilizer and soil builder to nonprofit Urban Farm Guys. The bagged and palletized fertilizer and soil builder products were at risk of being poorly used until Agforce was able to assist in their timely delivery to their Kansas City campus.

The Urban Farm Guys mission is helping disadvantaged communities rebuild from within focusing on building local economy, capacity and resiliency while giving back to the global open-source community. Their team operates an urban campus in Kansas City which consists of city farm lots, cottage businesses, a makerspace, co-working space, greenhouses, solar arrays, a tool library, aquaponics, community gardens and classroom and program space.

“In Kansas City, we have found that a plethora of human capital exists for the community to thrive. We’re just helping provide a place where dreams become closer to reach and where opportunity, access to healthy food and skills training is increasing,” said Jason Fields, Urban Farm Guys co-founder. “Crime is down 20 percent from ten years ago, and the neighborhood is slowly becoming more resilient and organized. We are partners among many great neighbors doing far more good together than we can take credit for ourselves.”

Giving back to and supporting communities in need is something that Agforce Transport Services believes in. To learn more about Agforce and our full-service freight transportation and logistics solutions, give us a call at 844-713-6723 or email us at inquiry@agforcets.com.

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