Planet Aid Donates Clothing and Toiletries to Help Caribbean Residents after Volcanic Eruptions
ELKRIDGE, Maryland, USA, June 28, 2021 – In response to the devastating volcanic eruptions on the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Maryland-based nonprofit Planet Aid has joined relief efforts by contributing clothing and toiletries.
Planet Aid joins Garson & Shaw and Nicamerica Clothing, S.A., in shipping a container of donated clothing and toiletries totaling near 20,000 pounds to the Caribbean islands. The container arrived in early June and items will be distributed throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“The Planet Aid mission is about mobilizing and inspiring people to help others when they need it most,” said Planet Aid President and CEO Fred Olsson. “Our heart is in the communities around the world that need help rising above unexpected and overwhelming conditions. We are grateful for the partners who help make this work possible and the individuals who donate items in so many areas.”
Richmond Vale Academy (RVA), a St. Vincent research and training institution, requested the donations on behalf of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) to provide relief to residents in the impacted areas.
The April 2021 eruptions of the La Soufriere volcano have affected roughly 20,000 residents. Weeks later there is still a critical need for clean water, food, toiletries, and clothing.
Headquartered in Elkridge, Md, Planet Aid started with a few donation bins in 1997 and has diverted more than 1 billion pounds of clothing from the municipal waste stream helping millions of people around the world.