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Amazon Air to make relief flights to the Bahamas

Amazon is using its air fleet to help support relief efforts in the Bahamas.

In collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Mercy Corps, and the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation, Amazon’s is mobilizing two Amazon Air flights, full of relief items such as tarps, buckets and water containers, for upcoming departures. The effort is being coordinated by the Disaster Relief by Amazon team.

Amazon is shipping relief items from fulfillment centers around the country to an Amazon fulfillment center in Tampa where they will be packed, palletized and transported to the Tampa air gateway and loaded onto the Amazon Air planes for Nassau. Amazon’s nonprofit partners doing lifesaving work on the ground in the Bahamas will distribute the supplies to those in need.

In addition, Amazon launched new wish list campaigns, specifically curated by its nonprofit partners, for customers to shop essentials by September 13 to go on the relief planes. Customers can also make cash donations, donate supplies directly to nonprofits for the Bahamas and Carolinas, or just say, “Alexa, donate to Hurricane Dorian relief at American Red Cross.”

“We are deeply saddened by the news that continues to come out of the Bahamas following this unprecedented hurricane,” said Dave Clark, Amazon senior VP, worldwide operations. “Amazon is committed to supporting communities impacted by natural disasters, and we hope our donation deliveries – both Amazon-donated items and items donated by our generous customers – provide needed relief to Bahamians most impacted by this storm and support the extremely difficult work of our trusted nonprofit partners.”

Previously, Amazon Air planes flew a full cargo load of humanitarian relief items to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricane Maria. Working closely with the Red Cross, Amazon Air also flew donated items to Hawaii to help with disaster relief efforts after the Kilauea volcano erupted.

Through its Disaster Relief by Amazon team, Amazon has supported 10 natural disasters in 2019 so far. Since 2017, Amazon, its employees and customers donated an equivalent of more than $15 million in product and cash for 25 disasters around the world. For Hurricane Dorian specifically, Amazon most recently fulfilled a request from the Florida State Emergency Response Team and sent products that provide sensory aid and support for displaced individuals who are in unfamiliar and uncomfortable environments. Amazon also provided 60,000 bottles of water to two Florida foodbanks. In addition, Amazon donated items like mosquito nets, sunscreen, and insect repellent to International Medical Corps to outfit their medical teams supporting communities affected by the storm. Amazon has also hosted cash and Wish List campaigns for customers over the last week.
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