December 15th, 2015

Direct Relief's 90 Ton Aid Shipment Heads to Lebanon Early Next Week

By Beth Farnsworth

SOURCE: FedEx Corporation


"It's a big list. A lot of stuff was blown up," said Direct Relief President and CEO Thomas Tighe. "Like in any tragedy, it's important that they know that people are pulling for them not just objectifying their suffering."

On Thursday, Tighe and his team received confirmation from FedEx CEO, Fred Smith, that the corporation would donate one of its cargo planes to deliver the aid. Trucks will haul the 80,000 pound shipment from the Santa Barbara warehouse to FedEx headquarters in Memphis, TN. From there, the aid will be flown to Lebanon.

"They wanted PPE, basic generic medications," Tighe said. "There was a story yesterday (NY Times) about cancer treatment for 100 kids interrupted. We got in touch with that doctor -- we got the therapeutic agents for that treatment so we'll bend over backwards to get that on the flight."

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