Port of Palm Beach District Joins Haiti Relief Efforts

Riviera Beach, FL - Port Commissioner Wayne Richards is taking a leading role in Palm Beach County's response to the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. At a mobilization meeting of community leaders on Friday, Richards described a two prong approach. First, Missionary Flights International will fly heath care professionals and skilled workers to the Dominican Republic. From there, they will be driven into Haiti to address the most urgent needs. Second, various commodities such as bottled water, snacks, peanut butter cereal, beans, rice, cooking oil, towels blankets, pots and pans, batteries, flashlights, garbage bags and personal hygiene products will be collected for transport to Haiti.

At this time, clothing in not included in the collection effort. Richards asked, "everyone to do what they could to aid this worthy effort by bringing items to the various collection points and assured everyone that the items will get the needy in Haiti."

SmartBox, a portable storage container service, with a location in Riviera Beach will distribute "smartbox" containers to participating fire stations and other locations over the weekend. When filled, SmartBox will bring the containers to the Port of Palm Beach where the items will be unloaded and repacked in larger ocean-going containers which will be shipped to Haiti by Monarch Shipping Co. Ltd./Teeters Agency and Stevedoring. Cindy Lou Teeters, Executive Vice .President, said "Teeters has donated the labor and costs of loading these ships."

Two ships, the Monarch Queen and the Monarch Empress will deliver the supplies to the ports of Gonaives and St Marc. Teeters is a long-time Port tenant and has shipped a wide variety of merchandise between Haiti and the Port of Palm Beach for over twenty years.

Port Chairman Blair Ciklin praised the Palm Beach County response to this disaster and noted that "this tragedy has truly brought everyone together. The Port will do everything it can to assist this worthy effort."

The first ship is expected to be sent to Haiti in about three weeks. Anyone interested in volunteering to sort and pack these items should contact the Port of Palm Beach District by E-mail at Haitianrelief@portofpalmbeach.com or they may call 1-877-845-7590.


Port of Palm Beach and its shippers collect relief goods for Haiti

RIVIERA BEACH — The Port of Palm Beach has begun to collect donations of drinking water, food and other supplies for shipment to Haiti.

Such items as bottled water, snacks, peanut butter, cereal, beans, rice, cooking oil, towels blankets, pots and pans, batteries, flashlights, garbage bags and personal hygiene products should be brought to the port or to participating fire stations around Palm Beach County starting this weekend.

The first shipment to the earthquake-ravaged nation is expected to leave in about three weeks, said Manny Almira, the port's executive director.

"This is going to be going on for quite a while," said Almira. "We are committed to servicing and assisting our Haitian brothers and sisters in any way we can."

The port has helped organize the effort and donated 40,000 square feet of unused office space.

SmartBox, a portable storage company, will distribute collection boxes to fire stations around Palm Beach County this weekend. The Teeters Agency, a stevedoring company that has helped ship goods to Haiti from the port for more than 20 years, has agreed to donate labor. Monarch Shipping Co. Ltd. will carry the supplies to Gonaives and Saint-Marc, seaports north of the one in Port-au-Prince, which was wrecked by the quake.

Those interested in volunteering to help sort and pack the donations should contact the port by e-mailing haitianrelief@portofpalmbeach.com or calling 1-877-845-7590.

World Harvest Mission

Dear Cindy,

I just wanted to tell you what a great job you are doing. It has been such a pleasure working with you. I would like to thank you for all of your hard work behind the scenes that has helped so many people in Haiti with giving them the supplies that they so desperately need. Your work is helping to sustain life there in Haiti. Your job is so important and we love you so much. You have such a great reward waiting for you in Heaven.


Miriam Frederick