Freightliner helps send medical supplies for hurricane relief

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Freightliner Trucks recently worked with Portland, Ore.-based Northwest Medical Teams to send a truckload of vital supplies to devastated areas in Louisiana and Mississippi.

A 2005 Freightliner Century Class S/T hauled a trailer full of medical, cleaning and school supplies, along with other needed items, to Moss Point, Miss.; Metairie, La.; and Baton Rouge, La.

Freightliner Trucks loaned the Class 8 truck and the 53-foot trailer, provided the drivers and paid for all of the fuel on the trip to the disaster-stricken areas in the Gulf region. The supplies on board, donated by Northwest Medical Teams, are valued at more than $294,000. The most critically needed items were cleaning supplies such as bleach, mops, disinfectants and rubber gloves.

“Freightliner Trucks wanted to do our part to help these fellow Americans in need,” said Jonathan Randall, director of marketing for Freightliner Trucks. “We had the truck and the trailer. We decided to put them to good use and transport these much-needed supplies to those affected by the hurricane.”

“Freightliner as a company has already donated $100,000 to the Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts,” Randall added. “But the people need supplies that simply aren’t available and cannot be bought at local stores. We are happy to deliver to them what they so desperately need at this time.”

Bas Vanderzalm, president of Northwest Medical Teams, said “We’re grateful for the generous support of Freightliner Trucks. With their help, we’re reaching thousands of families displaced by the hurricanes.”