The log book is a weekly roundup of human interest stories related to the transportation industry. This week: Crowley adds a third location to his Wreaths Across America sponsorship; XPO Donates Over 42,000 Pairs of Socks to the Homeless; and UPS supports safe mobility habits in Bangkok.
Crowley extends Wreath Across America support to Pennsylvania
Global logistics provider Crowley Maritime Corp. announced that it has added a new location to its list of cities currently supporting Wreaths Across America programs, a nonprofit organization that coordinates wreath laying services for American veterans worldwide.
For the past three years, the company has been the primary sponsor of the Wreaths ceremonies in Puerto Rico in San Juan and at Crowley’s headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. This year, Crowley will add sponsorship of a third location in Eddystone, Pennsylvania, home of the company’s state supply chain division.
“This partnership is our grateful opportunity for Crowley and our partners to thank men and women who have served our country and for the dedication and sacrifices that veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families make every day,” Wally said Gonzalez, Director of Business Development and Supply Chain Management for Crowley Solutions in its Government Services business unit. “We are proud to contribute to Wreaths Across America to fulfill their mission and increase our commitment to warfighter service and support around the world.”
On December 17th, Crowley, along with employee volunteers, will donate over $40,000 in logistics services to transport and lay wreaths at veterans’ graves at all three locations.
“The joint participation of our teams in San Juan, Jacksonville and Eddystone with our partners in these markets demonstrates our unwavering commitment to serving the people of Puerto Rico. The collaboration of Caribbean Produce Exchange, Gallery Shipping and PSA Penn Terminals to honor veterans in Puerto Rico, Jacksonville and Philadelphia reinforces our appreciation for veterans and their families,” said Salvador Menoyo of Crowley, vice president of logistics for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. in the news publication. “We are proud to be part of this mission and look forward to laying wreaths in December to commemorate the legacy of so many heroes.”
XPO blasts away Sockstober fundraisers
General cargo service provider XPO Logistics announced that the company and its employees came together throughout October to donate socks to a grassroots initiative called Socksober.
The company first began supporting Socktober in 2011, the same year the initiative was launched by Brad Montague, a bestselling author and New York Times illustrator, who wanted to help the homeless community in his community. He found that socks were the least donated item of clothing to animal shelters.
XPO’s goal this year was to donate 5,000 pairs of socks. It blew that number up by donating 42,706 pairs of socks as part of this year’s Socktober campaign.
While the company’s goal this year was to donate 5,000 pairs of socks, through the efforts of XPO employees, Socktober received 42,706 pairs of socks for the company.
“It really was about XPO’s commitment to community engagement and the positive employee engagement that comes from working together as a team to make a difference,” said Nicole Neumann, XPO’s vice president of human resources.
UPS supports safety training abroad
The UPS Foundation, the not-for-profit arm of the global supply chain solutions provider, announced a partnership with the American Institute of Physics Foundation (AIP) to develop a transportation safety and mobility training course called “Safety Delivered.”
“At its core, the Safety Delivered program aims to reduce road traffic injuries and fatalities among underrepresented children and vulnerable road users through inclusive helmet distribution and education, combined with advocacy and awareness-raising initiatives targeting youth, community members, civil society and governments to address high-risk behavior on the road,” said Mirjam Sidik, Chief Executive Officer of the AIP Foundation.
Safety Delivered includes lessons on road safety, the importance of wearing a helmet and buying the right safety gear.
Most lessons are given to parents and teachers to ensure they are adequately trained in teaching mobility safety both inside and outside the classroom.
Most recently, the program was used at a school in Bangkok, where more than 20 teachers were trained. The lessons focused on training teachers on how to make these lessons interactive for students, particularly those with learning disabilities.
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