Logistics gives back
Here's our monthly roundup of some of the charitable works and donations by companies in the material handling and logistics space.
- Calgary, Alberta-based transcontinental railway Canadian Pacific (CP) donated $75,000 to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) and helped raise another $130,500 through fundraising initiatives carried out alongside UOHI and the Canadian Football League. The funds will support the largest expansion in the hospital's history and are part of the broader Beautiful Hearts initiative, which includes funding to refurbish cardiac facilities that benefit patients at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
- Atlanta-based non-emergency medical transportation broker LogistiCare has donated more than 42,000 food items collected during its eighth annual food drive, surpassing its previous record of 30,000 food products distributed in 2016. The food donations were provided to local churches, rescue missions, soup kitchens, and shelters for women and homeless people.
- Miami-based vehicle rental and leasing firm Ryder System Inc. said that over 450 employees participated in activities in support of #GivingTuesday, the global day dedicated to giving back. (See photo at right.) On Tuesday, Nov. 28, workers from over 50 Ryder locations across the U.S. and Canada volunteered a total of 1,000-plus hours to support local charities of their choosing, such as food banks, toy drives, and centers for the elderly.
- Joplin, Mo.-based full-truckload carrier Contract Freighters Inc. (CFI) said its employees raised $54,000 for 23 charities across North America during the company's annual Truckloads of Treasures holiday giving campaign. (See photo above.) Now in its 24th year, the campaign collects funds exclusively from employees and independent contractors, with proceeds going to charities such as Wreaths Across America, the Salvation Army, the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri, and "shop with a cop" events at local police departments.
- Third-party logistics service provider NFI Industries; truckload, logistics, and intermodal company J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.; telematics technology vendor Omnitracs LLC; and freight tracking and predictive analytics company FourKites donated services and provided volunteers to Wreaths Across America, a charity that delivers 1.5 million wreaths to veterans' gravesites across the country each December. The organization brought wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery and more than 1,300 veterans' cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states.
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