Early Saturday morning I reported that John Kerry would be heading to the Gulf Coast with supplies donated from MA area businesses. Here’s an update on that story…
Boston-area businesses and organizations have donated two semi-trucks filled with supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims at the request of U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), who will help deliver them to the Gulf Coast today.
Kerry plans to leave from Logan Airport this morning on a cargo plane donated by UPS to deliver the supplies to distribution centers in the ravaged region, said Kerry spokeswoman April Boyd.
Among the items donated are thousands of pairs of children’s shoes given by New Balance of Boston, $10,000 worth of food and juice donated by BJ’s Wholesale Club of Medford, baby formula supplies from Children’s Hospital in Boston, medical aid from Hallmark Health of Medford and Byram Medical Supply, and cleaning supplies and cooking items given by the New England Center for Homeless Veterans.
Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, have also contributed $250,000 to relief organizations, Boyd said.
Kerry is also asking for future donations to be brought to his Bowdoin Street office. Among items most needed are: canned goods (that can be opened without a can opener), non-perishable food items, baby supplies, mosquito repellants, bleach and other cleaning supplies, cases of bottled water, toiletries, individually boxed juices, individually wrapped snacks, rubber and heavy duty work gloves, dust masks, plastic utensils and paper plates.
Last week, Kerry also emailed his list of three million supporters asking them to donate directly to the American Red Cross.