MEMPHIS, Tenn. — FedEx is helping with the humanitarian crisis in Haiti.
More than $8 million in medical supplies left Memphis early Thursday morning to assist in relief efforts in Haiti.
The island nation was rocked by a deadly 7.2 magnitude earthquake earlier this month. National reports say more than 50,000 homes are destroyed and more than 2,000 people are dead after the earthquake reduced the nation to rubble nearly two weeks ago.
Since then, the country has struggled with hospital supplies, medication and equipment. According to the associated press, hospitals are overwhelmed.
Early Thursday morning, FedEx shipped more than 79 tons of medical supplies provided by the nonprofit direct relief to assist in the relief efforts.
“It has onboard things like medicines, IV bags, emergency backpacks for first responders, and direct relief folks on the ground that are going to help these people,” said Richard Smith, FedEx regional president of the Americas.
Smith says supplies will be distributed immediately once the plane lands in Port Au Prince, the capital of Haiti.
The relief efforts are apart of the company’s FedEx Cares initiative. The company intends on using its global network of logistics and expertise to help people and organizations in need of critical supplies.
“The delivery of the lifesaving supplies is also part of the company’s FedEx Cares 50 by 50 goal to positively impact 50 million people around the world by the company’s 50th anniversary in 2023,” FedEx said on its FedEx Cares portal.