From its humble beginnings as a messenger company, UPS has grown into one of the largest (if not the largest) package delivery companies in the world. Today, the company has a presence in over 200 countries and territories around the world.
With a fleet of planes, cargo ships, and trucks at its disposal, who better than UPS to send a transportation convoy to help out with the continuing Ebola crisis in Africa?
UPS and its foundation are dispatching gift-in-kind donations of $400,000 in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including:
- A chartered flight for UNICEF from Belgium to Liberia carrying 55 metric tons of the disinfecting agent, HTH dry chlorine.
- Expediting the transport of nearly 7,000 pounds of supplies from Medshare, located in Decatur, Georgia, to the JFK Airport.
- Expediting the transport of nearly over 2,000 pounds of supplies from ChildFund, located in Tampa, Florida, to the JFK Airport where the supplies will connect with a donated charter flight to the West African Region.
- $75,000 worth of ocean transportation services to Medshare
- Transportation for nearly 5,000 pounds Ebola supplies from Maryland to New York’s JFK. The supplies are destined for Sierra Leone.
- Donations of personal protection gear for care workers in the region
- Providing Africare and Direct Relief International transportation for five ocean shipments of supplies
The UPS Foundation doesn’t limit its disaster relief aid to gifts in kind. This past spring, it made over $9 million in grants toward disaster preparedness, response, recovery and relief organizations worldwide.