MEMPHIS, Tenn.–FedEx has delivered more than 30 tonnes of critical aid on board two charter flights recently in a move to provide assistance to the people and communities affected by Hurricane Matthew.
FedEx supported these disaster relief efforts through Direct Relief, International Medical Corps and Heart to Heart International, which have medical staff and disaster relief supplies pre-positioned in the region, the company said.
“The devastating reality is people in Haiti are relying on the delivery of humanitarian aid for life’s most basic necessities. The FedEx network and our people who power it are equipped to deliver these critical supplies where they’re needed most,” said Director of global citizenship and reputation management at FedEx, Jenny Robertson.
FedEx has worked with Direct Relief for more than a decade to deliver medical resources during times of disaster. The aid organization filled a charter flight that took off from the FedEx’s Memphis world hub and arrived in Port-au-Prince on October 12. Supplies included medication, medical equipment, hygiene kits and tents that can be used as pop-up health facilities.
A second charter flight landed in Haiti October 13, filled with 35,000 pounds of relief supplies from International Medical Corps and Heart to Heart International. Together with these two organizations, FedEx delivered 11,000 hygiene kits, medicines and medical supplies.
The relief effort is part of the company’s FedEx Cares initiative, through which FedEx said it will invest US$200 million in more than 200 global communities by 2020 to create opportunities and deliver positive change around the world