All of us at uShip have been saddened to hear of the recent tornado devastation that swept through Joplin, Mo., not to mention the string of tornadoes and floods that have displaced people in other parts of the country.
Often one of the missing links of recovery is transport into and out of areas such as Joplin in the wake of a disaster. In its role as a connector of customers with transporters – and in the spirit of giving back to community in need – uShip created Highway to Help, a charitable shipment program that can provide delivery and transport support to those in need at little or no cost.
Created in the wake of Hurricane Ike in 2008, shipping customers or non-profits with legitimate needs can list their shipment on uShip under the “Charitable Shipment” category. Transporters already heading to or from the impacted area – in this case, the Midwest – can then offer to deliver goods for free or at deeply discounted prices. There are no uShip booking fees for this category of shipment.
Our customers recently used uShip to find a transportation provider for a fleet of 5 pickup trucks directly to Joplin, all of which will be participating in disaster relief. While this wasn’t in the Charitable Shipment category per se, it underscored the ability to find reliable and much-needed transport services through uShip.