Cross International airlifts aid to Haiti
POMPANO BEACH, FL (Feb. 03, 2010) — The South-Florida-based Christian relief and development ministry, Cross International, is distributing 50,000 pounds of food and emergency supplies that arrived in Haiti via airlift over the weekend.
Cross chartered two 737 cargo plans to carry food, water, hospital supplies, diapers, and tarps to the earthquake-battered country. Each plane carried 25,000 of supplies, which are being distributed to earthquake victims in and around Port-au-Prince.
“We just received the news that the flights went smoothly and the cargo on both planes was cleared in record time. It is already going into the hands of the people,” said Tony Barbieri, Cross’ deputy director of procurement.
Cross has been on the ground in Haiti since the earthquake helping through cash grants, shipments, and airlifted supplies. The Christian charity has distributed millions of meals throughout Haiti and containers of medical supplies to partners working with refugees outside the capital city.
“Cargo planes are the quickest way to get our life-saving supplies into the hands of those who need them most,” said Jim Cavnar, president of Cross International. “Because of the generous response of supporters so far, we have been able to organize efforts such as this that will immediately benefit those suffering in Haiti.”