KATRINA UPDATE: Trucking aiding relief efforts

Donations of money and supplies, from food to clothing, continues to flow from trucking firms as well as industry suppliers to aid victims of the hurricane

Donations of money and supplies, from food to clothing, continues to flow from trucking firms as well as industry suppliers to aid victims of the hurricane.

Atlanta-based United Parcel Service (UPS) is following up its cash donations with a three-day effort to collect donated supplies from residents in its Georgia District. From Sept. 8-10, volunteers are collecting and assembling donations in the parking lots outside four of the UPS’s Atlanta metro facilities, limited to: Water, personal hygiene items, toilet paper, gently used clothing and shoes for children and adults, non perishable items, baby-related products (diapers, wipes, etc.), gift cards and cleaning supplies. The donation drive is open to UPS employees, the carrier said.

Hammond, LA-based U-Haul Company has announced that all its U-Haul Centers in the states of Mississippi and Louisiana are open to support Hurricane Katrina relief, noting that stockpiles of supplies are accumulated and positioned in Alabama and Mississippi. U-Haul said its facilities carry propane, tarps, ropes, boxes and carpet-drying fans for all clean up needs and is requesting that customers needing recovery and clean up supplies in affected areas purchase only as much as they can use immediately so that all customers can be helped.

Truck manufacturer Oshkosh Truck Corp. has pledged a $100,000 contribution directed to disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina, divided between the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

“This is a time of immense need for millions of Americans in the Gulf Coast region,” said Robert Bohn, Oshkosh’s chairman, president & CEO. “We're gratified to be able to lend this assistance during this very difficult time, and our hearts go out to everyone affected by this terrible natural disaster.”

To discuss the Katrina disaster and its effect on the trucking industry or share your experiences, please visit FleetOwner's Katrina Blog at blog.fleetowner.com/katrina.

To view the archive of FleetOwner’s ongoing Katrina news coverage, go to www.fleetowner.com/katrina.

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