The UPS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of logistics giant UPS, provided funding for the delivery of emergency aid to Syrian refugees along the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP), the company delivered 163 metric tons of relief supplies, including 86 tons of high-energy biscuits, 30,000 blankets, 25,000 sleeping mats, and 1,000 solar lanterns.
Hartford, Conn.-based Carrier Transicold, a unit of United Technologies Corp., will help deliver fresh food to needy families by donating a diesel-powered Supra truck refrigeration unit to a local nonprofit. The group, called Foodshare, will install the unit on one of its two delivery trucks.
Chandler, Ariz.-based regional package delivery company OnTrac has donated and delivered backpacks and school supplies to 1,000 elementary, middle, and high school students. Company employees filled the backpacks with age-appropriate supplies and brought them to school districts near OnTrac facilities in 11 Western U.S. states.
Ryder System Inc., the Florida-based commercial fleet management and supply chain solutions company, supported the Special Olympics World Games in July and August by helping to transport sporting equipment for the event. Ryder trucks carried soccer balls, goalposts, bicycles, saddles, golf clubs, kayaks, and other supplies to locations in the Los Angeles area.
Employees from California-based third-party transportation broker The Allen Lund Co. volunteered recently with Children's Hospital Los Angeles, a nonprofit pediatric hospital. The volunteers handed out hot beverages and snacks to parents, patients, and staff during the hospital's "Helping Hands Thursday" program.