NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE: ARO), a mall-based specialty retailer of active and casual apparel for young women and men, today announced that Tuesday, December 13, 2011 is its inaugural 'Aero Gives Back Day', a day during which all Aeropostale corporate employees will give back to the local community. For 'Aero Gives Back Day', Aeropostale has partnered with New York Cares to choose volunteer programs throughout all five New York City boroughs in order to help those in need.
For the event, more than 450 Aeropostale employees will participate in 12 high-impact projects across New York City. They will be working directly with a variety of schools helping to revitalize campuses and provide students with coaching and support.
"Even in our busiest time of year, all of us at Aeropostale are able to put our priorities in proper perspective," said Thomas P. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer at Aeropostale. "To be able to help those in need this holiday season is an honor for our company. Giving freely and from the heart is something that I believe makes Aeropostale a unique and special company to be a part of.""Economic uncertainty continues to make life harder for many New Yorkers, especially during the holiday season. We appreciate that 450 volunteers from Aeropostale are rolling up their sleeves to help others on 'Aero Gives Back Day'," said Gary Bagley, New York Cares Executive Director. "Aeropostale employees are volunteering at a dozen volunteer projects citywide helping young people in need, and also supporting the New York Cares Coat Drive. We thank them for their generosity and for embodying the best spirit of the season." Aeropostale has a long standing history of supporting and giving back to local communities and assisting those in need. During seasons past, Aeropostale has donated over 300,000 Aero Bears to children across the country as well as over 200,000 coats to families in North America. Additionally, in just four short years, its annual Teens for Jeans campaign has collected and donated over 1,500,000 pairs of jeans for homeless teens throughout the United States and Canada. About Aeropostale, Inc. Aeropostale, Inc. is a mall-based, specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, principally targeting 14 to 17 year-old young women and men through its Aeropostale® stores and 4 to 12 year-old kids through its P.S. from Aeropostale™ stores. The Company provides customers with a focused selection of high-quality, active-oriented, fashion and fashion basic merchandise at compelling values. Aeropostale® maintains control over its proprietary brands by designing, sourcing, marketing and selling all of its own merchandise. Aeropostale® products can only be purchased in its Aeropostale stores and online at www.aeropostale.com. P.S. from Aeropostale™ products can be purchased in P.S. from Aeropostale™ stores and online at www.ps4u.com. The Company currently operates 918 Aeropostale stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico, 68 Aeropostale stores in Canada and 72 P.S. from Aeropostale stores in 21 states. SPECIAL NOTE: THIS PRESS RELEASE AND ORAL STATEMENTS MADE FROM TIME TO TIME BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMPANY CONTAIN CERTAIN "FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS" CONCERNING EXPECTATIONS FOR SALES, STORE OPENINGS, GROSS MARGINS, EXPENSES, STRATEGIC DIRECTION AND EARNINGS. ACTUAL RESULTS MIGHT DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THOSE PROJECTED IN THE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. AMONG THE FACTORS THAT COULD CAUSE ACTUAL RESULTS TO MATERIALLY DIFFER INCLUDE, CHANGES IN THE COMPETITIVE MARKETPLACE, INCLUDING THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW PRODUCTS OR PRICING CHANGES BY OUR COMPETITORS, CHANGES IN THE ECONOMY AND OTHER EVENTS LEADING TO A REDUCTION IN DISCRETIONARY CONSUMER SPENDING; SEASONALITY; RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CHANGES IN SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND OTHER CONDITIONS AND THE POSSIBLE ADVERSE IMPACT OF CHANGES IN IMPORT RESTRICTIONS; RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH UNCERTAINTY RELATING TO THE COMPANY'S ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT ITS GROWTH STRATEGIES, AS WELL AS THE OTHER RISK FACTORS SET FORTH IN THE COMPANY'S FORM 10-K AND QUARTERLY REPORTS ON FORM 10-Q, FILED WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. THE COMPANY UNDERTAKES NO OBLIGATION TO UPDATE OR REVISE ANY FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS TO REFLECT SUBSEQUENT EVENTS. READERS ARE REFERRED TO THOSE SEC FILINGS.
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