(DALLAS) -- As the Green Bay Packers celebrated their victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV Sunday night, they were handed championship t-shirts and hats commemorating their win. But what happened to the other pile of t-shirts and hats -- the ones made in advance of the game should the Steelers have won?
As it is has done for over 15 years, the NFL donated the merchandise to the relief organization World Vision, which will distribute the apparel to those in need in impoverished communities around the world. This year, Super Bowl Champion Steelers shirts will be shipped to Zambia, Romania, Armenia and Nicaragua.
"The NFL is pleased to once again work with World Vision to ensure that usable Super Bowl apparel does not get thrown out, especially when there are so many around the globe who have never had a brand-new item of clothing in their lives," said David Krichavsky, NFL director of community affairs.
The NFL has also donated losing team merchandise from the AFC and NFC Championship games to the organization.
In years past, World Vision has distributed the merchandise to countries like Indonesia and El Salvador, and last year, it handed out the gear to those in Haiti affected by a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked the country.
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