Above: CrossGlobe's Newport News Director of Operations Rich Rekowski (left) and driver Bob McNamera.
Norfolk -- The Haiti relief drive held in February by The Salvation Army and Tidewater Area Soccer Clubs is moving into the next phase of the relief effort: getting the donated goods into the hands of the people in Haiti who need them.
The relief drive (held Feb. 20) collected enough medical supplies, clothing and soccer equipment to fill 21 pallets. Those pallets were then loaded into a 28-foot-long trailer donated to the local relief drive by UPS Freight; the donation will be delivered to The Salvation Army's Haiti Command Warehouse in Miami courtesy of CrossGlobe Group.
"It's been a very anxious and exciting couple of weeks," said Major Lewis Reckline of The Salvation Army. "We're proud to have had the opportunity to work with the area soccer clubs on this drive and we're very grateful to CrossGlobe Group for offering to ship these items to Miami at no cost to us."
Local television station WVEC TV13 provided media support in the week leading up to the drive and on the collection day. The collected items were packed in boxes donated by MANCON Inc., Richmond Corrugated Box, and Atlantic Corrugated and then loaded onto the UPS Freight trailer.
"We're a global company," said Bill Franks, president and CEO of CrossGlobe Group, who was introduced to the effort by Greg Edwards, Virginia Port Authority director of external affairs. "We preach to our company that regardless of the situation, regardless of the cost we need to do the right thing and this is the right thing. We're glad we are able to help."