FedEx and Direct Relief delivered upwards of 52 tons of critical aid to embattled Ukrainians. The freight was sent from the U.S. to Poland, where airfreight and truckers undertook the perilous journey into the war-torn country to complete the humanitarian mission. The effort comes on the heels of FedEx helping refugees in March while maintaining continuous supply lines.
“As the war enters its fourth month, Direct Relief’s support and solidarity remain steadfastly with the people of Ukraine,” Direct Relief CEO Thomas Tighe reportedly said. “In addition to the heartbreaking loss of life and human toll, the war has had a devastating impact on health services in the country, and Direct Relief is committed to bolstering care with a continuous supply of medical aid. FedEx has created a powerful force multiplier for good with this most recent charter, and it’s an incredible example of what’s needed to address this crisis.”
Since the war broke out, Direct Relief has worked with logistics and transportation partners such as FedEx to deliver 750 tons of medical supplies. FedEx has reportedly donated $2.3 million in humanitarian aid, including in-kind shipping valued at $1 million.
“It is gratifying to be able to use our global network to support these critical missions, and with this charter flight we hope to make a small contribution to what is still a major humanitarian situation,” FedEx’s European region president Karen Reddington reportedly said.
J.B. Hunt, Arkansas Trucking Association Drive Human Trafficking Awareness
In a joint effort to raise awareness about the devastating effects of human trafficking, J.B. Hunt and the Arkansas Trucking Association hosted the Freedom Drivers Project. The national mobile exhibit was reportedly displayed at the J.B. Hunt Corporate Campus in Lowell on June 24 and the ATA Driving Championship in Rogers the following day.
“We believe that bringing this initiative to Northwest Arkansas will be beneficial in raising awareness around human trafficking and creating more advocates within our community,” Greer Woodruff, senior vice president of corporate safety at J.B. Hunt, reportedly said. “As an industry leader, we support the mission of Truckers Against Trafficking and their efforts to combat this critical issue.”
Since its creation, the Freedom Drivers Project has logged over 15,000 miles in an effort to educate people about the very real tragedies that persist around human trafficking. A tractor-trailer trafficking of Central Americans into the U.S. recently resulted in 46 fatalities and 16 others requiring hospitalization in Texas. J.B. Hunt has been a long-time advocate of stopping human trafficking.
“Victims of this crime are often hidden in plain sight at places our employees frequent daily, such as rest stops and truck stops,” Greer Woodruff reportedly said. “As part of our company’s safety culture, J.B. Hunt employees are trained on recognizing the warning signs of trafficking and how to report suspicious activity. We proudly support the U.S. Department of Transportation’s initiative and are committed to helping end human trafficking.”