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FedEx Delivers Relief to the Northeast

November 5, 2012

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As a proud member of the FedEx family for the last 29 years, I’ve had many opportunities to see how FedEx unhesitatingly answers the call anytime disaster strikes. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I’ve been afforded a front row seat in the midst of the action, and I’m happy to tell you that this time is no different than any other.  

Shortly after this week’s weather ravaged the nation’s northeast corridor, aides from FEMA, corporate CSR representatives and many others convened at the offices of NY governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss how to quickly and efficiently meet the needs of those impacted. Naturally, FedEx’s logistical expertise and extensive network made us a key player in these conversations. FedEx was quickly called upon to deliver critical materials and supplies from across the country to the northeast and despite the logistical challenges associated with route access after a natural disaster; we found a way to answer the call.  

Here are some of the things that we’ve moved on behalf of the state of New York:

  • Polling stations were delivered to 17 different locations to ensure that New Yorkers are able to exercise their right to vote tomorrow
  • Meals Ready to Eat were delivered to affected areas Saturday morning
  • Over 36,000 lbs of generators were delivered to a host of locations, ranging from La Guardia airport to police departments

The last few days have been devastating as we’ve watched people lose their belongings, homes, and sometimes family members to Hurricane Sandy. But despite everything that’s gone on, I’m filled with a sense of hope as I watch FedEx rise to the challenges and make these critical deliveries happen. I’m proud to work for a company that is relentlessly generous, has an “absolutely, positively” spirit, and maintains a deep commitment to the communities where we live and work.

Photo: Bill Bonneau, FedEx Express station manager, with Helen Brooks of Government Affairs

Comments

    Stacey Abrams says:

    Ive collected clothing shoes towels etc but don’t have money to ship it up north to victims of sandy. im begging for help to ship from ft lauderdale !!

    Jeff A-to-Z says:

    Thanks ! For the generator.Still without power in Toms River NJ.Heart goes out to all who have it much worse than me.

    Jill Wiernik says:

    I was born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island, and have called Collierville home for the last 6 years (I live around the corner from Donna). Naturally, I felt as helpless and helpless could be watching the mass destruction and devastation of Sandy, from a 1000 miles away. I decided to organize a clothing/necessities drive, and in a few short days, I managed to collect what I am assuming is well over one thousand pounds of items (clothing, sheets, backpacks, shoes). Our Collierville community has been amazing in their outpouring of support to help my friends, family, and strangers (all of which are strangers to them), who have lost everything in Sandy. Now I am faced with the task of shipping it to two separate locations (Brooklyn and New Jersey), where friends and family are selflessly making storage/distribution centers out of their homes. Many people have lost everything, and storing donated items is impossible for them at this point. My friends and family are assisting in housing these items for the coming months, and handing them out as these devastated people rebuild their lives. If I have to pay for shipping, honestly, it’s what I will do. I know that the cost of the shipping is going to be extremely costly. I am hoping that FedEx can find it in their hearts to help me transport the items I have collected, at no charge. Many of my southern counterparts have come together to help, and this one last measure of good faith would really be appreciated. Countless people will benefit from this and will be forever grateful. Thank you in advance for your consideration

    theresa pollich says:

    I am a member of Holy Rosary church. We want to know if we package up 10,000 meals. Could Fed Ex pick it up? It will be 1 pallett of boxes. The meals consist of red beans and rice. My cell# is 487-9635

    Juan Arteaga says:

    I want to notify them that there is an error in a package sent to me, the heedless put an address where I live no longer, I called an do not totally solve the problem, the shipping swears he did, you that no one has called, pleace and resolve this, I live in: 6245 Renwick Dr. Apt. 4491 Houston, Tx 77081 please do not continue carrying off the package to Baytown Texas, no one lives there, and if yo leave the call me 713-364-9818 Juan Arteaga

    fedex says:

    Everyone at FedEx shares your concerns about the community still impacted by Sandy. FedEx is very involved in relief efforts and we’re working side-by-side with the organizations directing the recovery. That way our shipping donations reach the most people with aid as quickly as possible. We’ve pledged $1.5 million in donations and transportation to the American Red Cross, Direct Relief International, Heart to Heart, and the Salvation Army. While we cannot offer free shipping or discounts to individuals, customers, or other organizations, we encourage you to work with them on shipping their packages as cost-effectively as possible.

    MayLyn says:

    I have so been amazed with FedEx and all that they do! I enjoyed this!

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