UPS pledges $1 million in relief for earthquake victim's in Japan

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Recovery continues in Japan and Kentuckiana is pitching in to help.

More than 7,000 people are dead and nearly 11,000 are missing after a 9.0 earthquake followed by a Tsunami hit Japan on March 11th. One company stepping up to help the Red Cross is UPS. The company is flying aid kits to Narita and Osaka, Japan and Inchon, South Korea. The kits should arrive in Narita on Monday. The kits should arrive in Osaka, Japan and Inchon, South Korea by Tuesday.

The kits have personal hygiene items like toothpaste and soap. UPS workers spent Saturday afternoon putting the boxes onto carts to send out. More than 1,600 boxes with those items will be loaded into UPS planes.

The UPS Foundation will also give $1 million to help with relief for earthquake victim's. The Salvation Army, the AidMatrix Foundation, and the American Red Cross will have access to it.  The funds will be used for transportation of emergency supplies, trained humanitarian logistics personnel, and financial support.

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