NEW YORK (October 3, 2005) - The U.S. Fund for UNICEF today commended UPS for its generosity and commitment in helping to get much-needed supplies to victims of Hurricane Katrina. In its first delivery of UNICEF supplies to areas throughout the Gulf Coast, UPS donated $16,000 in shipping services to the children's organization.
Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of school-age child evacuees without classrooms and school supplies at the start of the traditional U.S. school term. Knowing that in times of disaster, getting children back to a learning environment is one of the most effective ways of helping them to feel safe, cope with trauma and begin their emotional healing, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF quickly moved to begin shipping "School-in-a-Box" and "Recreation-in-a-Box" kits to partners in the field that are assisting displaced children and their families. However, there was one issue - logistics - that needed to be resolved.
"UPS has been very instrumental in the entire U.S. logistical operation of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's Hurricane Katrina relief efforts," said Edward G. Lloyd, Senior Vice President of Operations and CFO. "Upon learning of the full scope of the disaster, UPS reached out to us to offer any assistance that may be needed. Their willingness to help and their actions since then speak to how valuable a supporter they are. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is extremely grateful for their support."
In the United States and other industrialized nations, UNICEF typically does not operate child survival and development programs, instead engaging in advocacy and fundraising efforts in support of UNICEF's mission. However, with the insurmountable task of delivering much-needed education and recreational supplies to hundreds of thousands of affected evacuees in shelters throughout the Gulf States, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF turned to UPS, a company with expertise in delivery and logistics services.
A long-time supporter of UNICEF, UPS was a logical choice for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to work with in delivering the "School-in-a-Box" and "Recreation-in-a-Box" kits to NGO partners that are working with child evacuees in this country. To date, UPS has delivered some 995 "School-in-a-Box" kits. Each of these kits will provide approximately 80 children with basic educational supplies. Also, UPS has delivered 737 "Recreation-in-a-Box" kits. Each recreation kit will service approximately 90 children. Additionally, UPS is storing and continuing to deliver kits on behalf of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
Since 2001, UPS has donated $270,000 in cash to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, including $225,000 in yearly grants to UNICEF "School-in-a-Box" programs. UPS employees also gave generously to UNICEF last winter in response to the tsunami that struck South Asia on December 26, 2004.
Founded in 1946, UNICEF helps save, protect and improve the lives of children in 157 countries through immunization, education, health care, nutrition, clean water and sanitation. UNICEF is non-partisan and its cooperation is free of discrimination. In everything it does, the most disadvantaged children and the countries in greatest need have priority. For more information about UNICEF or to make a donation, please call 1.800.4UNICEF.