Organization reaches out to truckers to help Haiti’s recovery

GUELPH, Ont. — It’s been almost a week since Haiti was rocked by a crippling earthquake. Thousands lie dead in the streets, but it’s the survivors who are truly left to suffer in the destruction left in the quakes wake.

Feed the Children Canada (FTCC) is working around the clock to get supplies to Haitians in need—and is once again requesting help from truckers everywhere in their mission to provide food, medication and education to children in this stressful time.

“We’re trying to launch in the trucking community an initiative to get supplies, food and goods in order to ship the containers in the next couple of weeks,” Ryan Fletcher, the Canadian representative for FTCC said. “It will take awhile to get there, but obviously the earthquake will have an effect for years.”

He says the organization has partnered with Mission of Hope, a medical mission just 20 minutes outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital city.

“Today we’re sending a team of doctors and a few paramedics,” he says. “They’re flying over to the country with medication and supplies to work in the clinic, just to help the staff there.”

He says what everyone can do to help right now is make a monetary donation via the FTCC website. The FTCC hopes to send containers full of supplies and water in the near future, but needs help filling the 40 ft. containers.

“We are asking truckers for help because they have the connections,” he says. “They’re the direct line between the product and the company.”

Supplies needed for the containers include medical supplies including over-the-counter medication, bandages and gloves. Other items needed are water purification systems, tents, tarps and dry goods. He says FTCC could even use help getting a discount on the items needed.

“If there are trucking companies out there who could solicit on (FTCC’s) behalf (to the companies they do business with) for products they carry, that would help a lot,” he says.

Anyone who is interested in helping can contact Fletcher at 416-402-4079.

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