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.
- Material handling and warehouse solutions provider The Raymond Corp. collaborated with New York's Sidney High School during the 2018-19 academic year to develop the Raymond Welding Skills Development Program to help prepare students for a welding career. Raymond also supported the institution's new in-school welding center by providing improvement training with Toyota Production System principles and supplying materials, including more than 300 pounds of scrap metal, for students to practice on.
- In honor of the World Health Organization's World Blood Donor Day in June, temperature-controlled packaging manufacturer Pelican BioThermal and its parent company, Pelican Products, teamed up to host blood drives in Minnesota, California, and Canada, where Pelican's offices and partner sites are located. Blood donations benefited combat units overseas as well as local communities.
- Transcontinental railway Canadian Pacific helped raise more than $505,000 during its third annual Spin for a Veteran event. The proceeds benefited the Homes for Heroes Foundation's efforts to build homes for homeless veterans. To date, this event has raised approximately $800,000 to support veterans reintegrating into civilian life.
- U.S. freight forwarder MTS Logistics raised over $50,000 for autism awareness through its 9th Annual Bike Tour with MTS for Autism. More than 165 cyclists participated in the June event, which was the culmination of months of fundraising by the company. The proceeds were donated to New York-based Spectrum Works, a charity that provides job training and employment opportunities to young adults with autism.
- In early June, transportation and logistics giant FedEx (top photo) and humanitarian organization Direct Relief teamed up to ship 20,703 pounds of requested medical aid to Paraguay, where intense seasonal rains have caused widespread flooding, displacing tens of thousands of people. The 25-pallet shipment included respiratory supplies, IV fluids, cardiovascular medications, antibiotics, prenatal vitamins, and other medical items requested by Paraguay's Ministry of Health.
- Lake Success, N.Y.-based Transervice Logistics Inc., a customized transportation solutions provider, conducted a month-long drive that collected nearly 400 books, CDs, DVDs, and magazines for The Book Fairies, a Long Island, N.Y.-based nonprofit. The Book Fairies will distribute the donations to people in need throughout metropolitan New York.
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