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Klinge donates refrigerated equipment to Haitian orphanage

Aug. 10, 2010
After the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, international donors pledged $5.3 billion to help rebuild the nation at an aid conference. Six months after the quake, only 9% of the money promised to Haiti has been delivered.

After the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, international donors pledged $5.3 billion to help rebuild the nation at an aid conference. Six months after the quake, only 9% of the money promised to Haiti has been delivered.

An estimated 230,000 people lost their lives, 300,000 were injured, and 1,000,000 were made homeless by the catastrophic quake.

News reports have indicated that even six months after the quake, it appears the horrendous conditions have not changed. Now, the Haitian government has shifted their priority of cleaning rubble to protecting inhabitants from the next hurricane season.

Partnering with Astrotech Space Operations, Klinge Corporation is donating a refrigerated container system and external generator set to an orphanage in Haiti. The 20-foot refrigerated container system will be used to store food and medical supplies. The external under-mount gen-set will be used to power the refrigeration unit in case of loss of power during a hurricane or other emergency situations.

Henrik Klinge, president and owner of Klinge Corp, said, “Our deepest sympathies go out to everyone impacted by this terrible tragedy. We hope that the refrigerated container system and generator set will help provide immediate aid and relief to the orphans affected by this disaster.”

To prepare the refrigerated container system for shipment to the orphanage, Klinge repaired the picture-frame-style refrigeration unit to a fully functional state and mounted it to the 20-foot ISO container (both pieces of equipment owned by Astrotech). The picture-frame refrigeration unit offers maximum cargo space for food and medicine inside the container.

After final repairs were completed, Kyle Shropshire of Air Mobile Ministries in Titusville FL offered his services free of charge to transport the system from Klinge’s facility in Pennsylvania to Astrotech in Florida. From this location, the system will be delivered to the Haitian orphanage.

Air Mobile Ministries is a non-profit organization that provides disaster relief worldwide. Founded in 1978, AMM has traveled the world bringing medical supplies, food, clothing, and water purifiers to those in need. AMM has helped disaster victims after hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and war. To make a donation, visit http://airmobile.org/donate.html.

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