AIT sponsors tornado disaster relief collection drive
AIT Worldwide Logistics employees recently coordinated and sponsored a tornado disaster relief fundraising effort in conjunction with the Ozarks Food Harvest organization for the Joplin, MO community.
According to federal records, the EF-5 category twister that ripped through this southwest Missouri city on May 22, 2011, is the deadliest single tornado in nearly 60 years and left more than 50,000 residents in desperate need of basic necessities for survival. Eight-thousand housing units and 500 businesses were destroyed in the tornado. Damage has been estimated at $3 billion.
During the two-week collection drive, AIT employees generously contributed a total of 1,254 pounds of non-perishable food items, paper products and personal care items. To enhance employee participation, the company matched 100% of all donations with a cash contribution of $1,622.
AIT's partner, Land Air Express, transported all donations at no cost.
"I am incredibly proud of the acts of compassion, volunteerism and generosity displayed by AIT employees as they seek to help Joplin residents rebuild their community in the wake of this devastating disaster," said Vaughn Moore, president of AIT Worldwide Logistics.