Sep 01, 2009
Talk about a donation with some heft behind it. First Things First, Tempe-based Mach 1 Global Services, Inc., Kalitta Air, Pure Fitness and Packages from Home have combined resources to donate and ship more than two tons of weight-lifting equipment from Phoenix to U.S. servicemen and women stationed in Tikrit, Iraq.
First Things First, a charity founded by NFL Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda, organized the donation through its annual America’s Team Ball Drive program, which collects sports equipment for soldiers serving in conflict areas overseas. The project took more than six months to plan, largely due to the high cost of shipping.
Mach 1 Global Services, an international freight-forwarding company headquartered in Tempe, in partnership with Kalitta Air, a Michigan-based air cargo company, anted up the overseas transportation, for a combined donation of shipping charges valued at close to $20,000.
Mach 1 Global transported the equipment to Newark where it was loaded onto Kalitta Air’s Boeing 747 cargo aircraft bound for Baghdad via Bahrain. Once in Baghdad, a U.S. Command Sergeant Major has arranged for the weights to be transported via helicopter to Tikrit for soldiers to enjoy at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Centers.
Pure Fitness donated the weight lifting equipment, which includes four individual stations, and Packages from Home crated the large shipment for its transport, including the labor-intensive task of hand-wrapping each piece of equipment in cellophane.
Says Mach 1 Global CEO Jamie Entzminger, “When we were contacted by First Things First we didn’t hesitate to help in supporting the troops overseas and Kurt’s foundation. After all, Mach 1 is in the business of shipping freight to destinations all over the globe. It is really refreshing to see all of these companies teaming together, and Mach 1 is happy to have been able to play a part in the cause.”
Austin Fisher, operations director of Mach 1 Global Services, loads one of four crates full of weightlifting equipment.
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