AIT Helps Customer Provide Relief Supplies to Tornado Victims in Mississippi

AIT pitched in with customers and partners to help deliver relief supplies that are desperately needed in the wake of the massive tornado that struck Louisville, Mississippi in April.

The 2,000 pound shipment consisted of goods that were donated by AIT's customer, a Chicago area marketing firm. Through that company's efforts, three skids of cleaning supplies, toiletries, disposable tableware and non-perishable foodstuffs (for both humans and pets) were collected. Knowing that they could count on AIT to assist with the delivery, the customer reached out to their AIT Account Executive.

The AIT Account Executive explained that her customer's involvement began with residents in Columbus, Mississippi, located about an hour northeast of Louisville. They were not hit hard by the storms, but when they saw the destruction in Louisville, they were moved to help their fellow Mississippians. Calls for assistance went out and one of those calls was received by the President of the AIT customer's company from his aunt who lives in Columbus. The company mobilized immediately and they went to work amassing goods that would be shipped down to Louisville.

The customer asked if AIT would help them out with shipping and the AIT Account Executive said, "I truly know the heart of AIT, so without any trepidation I responded with a resounding YES!"

Chicago Operations worked closely with the customer to organize the move. The donations were delivered to the First United Methodist Church in Louisville which coordinated the distribution of goods to the victims. AIT teamed up two partners to provide logistics, warehouse and linehaul services for the delivery - all free of charge.

A severe weather outbreak at the end of April spawned 75 tornadoes over the course of a three day period, most of which were clustered in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. The Louisville storm was a particularly devastating EF4 tornado with peak winds estimated at 185 mph. It killed 9 people and left the local hospital heavily damaged.

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