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.
- Itasca, Ill.-based global logistics solutions provider AIT Worldwide Logistics has re-enlisted as a team for September's St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, with a goal of raising $50,000 after a company match. In addition to participating in the race, team members volunteered to pack 800 bags with crayons, markers, paper, and stickers, which will be stocked in waiting rooms at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
- Jacksonville, Fla.-based liner shipping company Crowley Maritime Corp. worked with the local nonprofit Dreams Come True to fulfill the dream of a girl with a congenital joint condition, who wanted to create a library in her home community of Grenada. Crowley provided free transport for a 20-foot-long shipping container filled with 306 boxes of donated books—enough to create a 15,000-book library.
- Industrial truck manufacturer and supply chain services provider Kion North America Corp. loaned a Linde Series 346 electric forklift (in large photo above) to the South Carolina Aquarium, allowing the nonprofit conservation and education group to move Kiki, a 6.5-foot-long, 165-pound female sand tiger shark, to her new home at Florida's Marineland.
- Atlanta-based transportation and logistics giant UPS Inc. contributed more than $2 million to Canadian communities in 2017. The donations included charitable grants to United Way in Canada; community grants to more than 150 charitable organizations; 127,837 volunteer hours from UPS employees along with their families and friends; and the planting of 4,320 trees across Canada to help offset greenhouse gas emissions.
- Omaha, Neb.-based truckload carrier and logistics company Werner Enterprises unveiled its first "Race for the Cure" truck, raising awareness for breast cancer. The specially wrapped 2019 Freightliner Cascadia was presented to Werner team drivers Dorwenda Lewis—a breast cancer survivor—and her daughter Sanaye. The truck supports the mission of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure charity.
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