AIT-Omaha Delivers Water to Flint, Michigan Residents
AIT-Omaha Branch Manager Terry McMullen and his team helped make a difference for residents of Flint, Michigan who are being affected by the drinking water crisis in their municipality. With the assistance of AIT’s Truckload division and other partners, AIT-Omaha successfully delivered more than 1,700 cases of bottled water to the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Flint for distribution to city residents who are living without a safe water source.
The large donation was spurred by a plea from Rev. Dr. Leroy Adams, Jr. to his congregation at Morning Star Baptist Church in Omaha, Nebraska. His request to help provide relief for the people of Flint yielded an overwhelming show of support when hundreds of cases of water were donated by the Morning Star community.
McMullen was contacted to provide logistical support for the church’s mission. He and other AIT co-workers volunteered their time and equipment to pick up an initial load of 26 pallets of bottled water totaling nearly 40,000 pounds. With generous assistance provided by T & K Transport and the Nebraska Trucking Association, the pallets were hauled at a below-market rate to Michigan.
A second load of 18 pallets weighing in at more than 26,000 pounds was delivered as a Less-Than-Truckload shipment thanks in part to the co-workers at AIT’s Truckload division who were able to secure space on a route from Omaha to Flint.
The AIT-Omaha team went above and beyond to complete the operation by providing more than just logistical support. Besides securing discounted linehaul rates, the crew gave back by providing free materials, labor and facility support.
"We definitely put some sweat equity into this one by stacking, loading and shrink-wrapping," said McMullen. "It was a great mission to be involved with!"
The Water for Flint project is part of AIT Cares - an initiative celebrating co-worker efforts to give back to the communities where we live and work.