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UPS Partners with the Red Cross to Provide Relief
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October 22, 2009

On Saturday, UPS delivered food and relief supplies to communities affected by the earthquake and tsunami in American Samoa.  Additional supplies are scheduled to arrive in November by ocean freight.

The shipments by UPS, which is a member of the Annual Disaster Giving Program of the American Red Cross, are supporting the ongoing relief efforts of the Red Cross in American Samoa in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck on September 29.

Tamatua Leo opens a crank powered Radio/Flashlight/Cellphone charger provided by the Red Cross in a Jumpstart to Recovery Kit. American Samoa.
Tamatua Leo opens a crank powered Radio/Flashlight/Cellphone charger provided by the Red Cross in a Jumpstart to Recovery Kit. American Samoa.
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“In addition to our annual contribution, one of the strengths UPS brings is using our network to position needed supplies to support local recovery efforts,” said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation.  "By donating funds, coordinating volunteer activities and moving supplies, UPS has been able to help provide some relief to those in need.”

American Red Cross Jumpstart Kits were a part of this latest shipment to American Samoa.  The kit has items to help disaster victims with their short-term, immediate requirements, as well as aid for the long term.  Each kit contains two blankets, a combination hand-crank radio, flashlight and cell phone charger, a mesh laundry bag, a first aid kit, note pad and pen, work gloves, face masks and a bath-in-a-bag all in one convenient, durable Red Cross backpack. 

Diapers, baby formula, towels, brooms and feminine hygiene products—all of which are in short supply on the island also arrived Saturday evening. The delivery included bolts of fabric that could be cut into lava-lava—the traditional skirt-like garment that is worn by men and women on American Samoa.

“Thanks to the generosity of our Annual Disaster Giving Program members, we are able to mobilize human and material resources at a moments notice to provide lifesaving services,” said Jeffrey Towers, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. “These funds, coupled with the support of the American public, are critical during hurricane season and enable the Red Cross to rush immediate relief to disaster victims before the first donation has been given.

There are more than 300 workers from the American Red Cross, representing chapters on American Samoa, Hawaii and across the U.S. mainland, providing assistance to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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